Santa Maria firefighters respond to a fire in an unoccupied home

Charred, soggy insulation and mangled remains are all that’s left of an unoccupied Santa Maria house’s garage door assembly after a fire on Oct. 9. - PHOTO BY MICHAEL MCCONE
Charred, soggy insulation and mangled remains are all that’s left of an unoccupied Santa Maria house’s garage door assembly after a fire on Oct. 9. – PHOTO BY MICHAEL MCCONE
At 1 a.m. on Oct. 9, a mass of fire fighters descended on a burning house on South College Avenue.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Mike Barneich, a Santa Maria Fire Department battalion chief, confirmed to the Sun in an email that the department is calling the fire suspicious—but wasn’t at liberty to explain why. –Read More

Cal Fire Plane That Crashed in Yosemite May Have Hit Tree, Lost Wing

Geoffrey “Craig” Hunt was killed in a crash near Yosemite National Park on Oct. 7, 2014. This image, provided by family, was posted to Cal Fire's Facebook page.
Geoffrey “Craig” Hunt was killed in a crash near Yosemite National Park on Oct. 7, 2014. This image, provided by family, was posted to Cal Fire’s Facebook page.
A firefighting air tanker that crashed in Yosemite National Park, killing the pilot, may have struck a tree and lost a wing before colliding with a canyon wall, federal investigators said in a preliminary report.

Veteran pilot Geoffrey “Craig” Hunt, 62, was found dead in the wreckage of the twin-engine S-2F3AT that crashed while battling the Dog Rock Fire on the afternoon of Oct. 7. –Read More

California firefighters train in Modesto

More than 140 firefighters representing multiple agencies from across California concluded a three-day training symposium in Modesto on Saturday.

The symposium, held at Modesto’s Regional Fire Training Center and several sites throughout the city, offered a hands-on portion Friday that enabled firefighters to rotate through the tactical skills multiple times, according to a press release from the Modesto Fire Department. –read More

Collapse at Fontana Strip Mall; Businesses Closed

A portion of the roof collapsed at strip mall in Fontana on Oct. 10, 2014. (Credit: San Bernardino County Fire Department)
A portion of the roof collapsed at strip mall in Fontana on Oct. 10, 2014. (Credit: San Bernardino County Fire Department)
Seven people were trapped inside an office at a Fontana strip mall after part of the building’s roof collapsed Friday afternoon, authorities said.

San Bernardino County Fire Department crews arrived in the 17000 block of Foothill Boulevard to find the “ruins” of an overhanging facade on the ground, blocking the exit, according to a news release.–read More