SPRING VALLEY LAKE • Three off-duty firefighters helped an elderly man put out a fire that destroyed his kitchen around 12 a.m. Wednesday, officials said. The elderly man, whose identity has not been released, returned to his home late Tuesday to his smoke detector blaring and kitchen ablaze, said Tracey Martinez, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Fire Department. The man began trying to put the fire out by filling a pot from the kitchen sink, Martinez said, when he was escorted off the property by three off-duty firefighters who happened to hear the alarm and spot smoke coming from the one-story home in the 13000 block of Greensboro Road. Two of the off-duty firefighters, Cliff Brackin and Jesse Martinez, work for San Bernardino County Fire, and the third works out of the area, Martinez said.
When Spring Valley Lake station firefighters entered the home, Martinez said they struggled to get to the fire because the home was “pretty packed with items.” “It did hinder firefighter efforts initially, however firefighters were able to take charge and contain the fire,” Martinez said. Officials warn residents to maintain open walkways in their homes and avoid large piles of items. In this case, firefighters had to tear down parts of the ceiling to prevent the fire from spreading, but contained the fire to the large kitchen of the roughly 2,500-square-foot home, Martinez said. Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire, which Martinez said resulted in about $50,000 in fire and smoke damage.
Story by: Victorville Daily Press