Mother of three killed in Pinon Hills fire

PINON HILLS • A 35-year-old mother was killed in an early-morning fire as she and her husband rescued their three children from their burning home on Wednesday, according to San Bernardino County Fire officials. “The dad was able to get the children out of the home and he thought his wife was behind him,” Tracey Martinez, spokeswoman for the fire department, said. “He did try to go back in after her but unfortunately, due to the heat and smoke, he was unable to find her.” Firefighters were called out to a home in the 8200 block of Skyline Drive at about 6:30 a.m. and found the residence engulfed in flames and smoke. Rescuers were informed there may still be five people in the home and firefighters entered the burning building twice trying to find them, Martinez said. “The second time they went in, the roof collapsed and it did strike two firefighters,” she said. “They received minor to moderate injuries and were taken to local hospitals.” After pulling out of the burning structure, officials learned the man and his children had taken refuge at a neighboring home, she stated. Due to the freezing temperatures, firefighters found the closest hydrant to the home had been frozen over. “All fire engines carry water. We also called out a water tender and they were able to connect with a hydrant further down the road,” Martinez said. Officials were able to rescue a Chihuahua from the home. The fire started at the rear of the 2,000-square-foot newer home in the master bedroom where the husband and wife and one of the children were staying, Martinez stated. The structure is a complete loss and the damage is estimated at about $300,000. Fire and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Arson and Bomb officials are investigating the exact cause of the fire. Arson and Bomb routinely assist in fire investigations and their assistance in this case does not mean authorities suspect foul play or an explosion, Martinez stated.

Story by: Victorville daily Press
Photos by SBCo FD

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