News Update!!: Needles, CA: Multiple residential structure fire.

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News Update!!: Needles, CA: Multiple residential structure fire.

 

 

A fire has destroyed multiple residential structures on Saturday, July 16th, 2016 near the intersection of L Street and Chestnut Street in Needles, California.

 

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According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, at around 4:16pm PT, firefighters responded to a residential structure fire with exposures and power lines down.

 

 

 

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez rushed to the multiple residential structure fire and captured on camera the multiple residential structure fire.

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The fire began to spread to 3 residential structures and a”2nd Alarm” was called on the fire.

 

 

Residents tell ZachNews that everybody in the 2 homes near the corner on Chestnut Steet and L Street all got out safely.

 

 

A white home just to the west of the intersection of Chestnut Steet and L Street was abandoned and residents say may had cats living inside there.

 

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** Picture from Alejandro Morin Jr.: **

 

 

ZachNews has received this picture from Alejandro Morin Jr. shows local resident Michael Goss helping to fight the fire in the back of the house with firefighters.

 

 

 

Residents living around the fire begin to go on top of their home’s roof with water hoses trying to protect their homes from blowing embers from the fire.

 

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Other residents from the area begin to stop by and help those residents living around the fire in an effort to protect their neighborhood from the fire.

 

 

 

ZachNews talked with local resident Michael Goss about the multiple residential structure fire and how neighbors were helping neighbors helping to protect other homes around the multiple residential structure fire.

 

 

A palm tree at a house just down the street from the multiple residential structure fire began to catch fire at residence came together to battle the small fire in the palm tree.

 

 

The fire in the palm tree was put out by both residents and fire department crews from Twentynine Palms, California.

 

 

 

 

ZachNews talked with local resident Tina Walker about the multiple residential structure fire and neighbors came together to help protect their home and a palm tree from burning embers from the multiple residential structure fire burning just down the street.

 

 

 

Multiple fire department agencies from Twentnine Palms, California to Mohave Valley, Arizona and even Bullhead City, Arizona all responded to battle this multiple residential structure fire.

 

 

According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, a total of 4 homes were burned and a firefighter suffered minor injury.

 

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ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez capture these pictures of San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies helping a firefighter who appeared to be overheated and picked up the firefighter who was on the ground.

 

 

The firefighter was taken into a Baker Emergency Medical Service ambulance nearby to be treated.

 

 

The cause of the multiple residential structure fire is under investigation.

 

 

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Residents tell ZachNews that the fire started near the back of the 2 homes, near the utility lines and trees, along the 200 block of Chestnut Street.

 

 

Residents living across the street from the multiple residential structure fire say they heard popping sounds coming from there just before the fire.

 

 

The investigation into the caused of the multiple residential structure fire continues and the fire marshall plan to check the burned multiple residential structures  on Sunday, July 17th, 2016.

 

 

Street around the multiple residential structure fire remain closed, including Chestnut Street and L Street, but hope to be reopened overnight.

 

 

Some residents in the area of the multiple residential structure fire have their power restored and are back in their homes, but work on restoring power to all residents affected by the multiple residential structure fire will continue into Sunday, July 17th, 2016.

 

 

The American Red Cross was there on scene assisting residents affected by the multiple residential structure fire.

 

 

During the multiple residential structure fire, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams, and Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson was seen at the checking on the multiple residential structure fire talking to residents being affected by the multiple residential structure fire.

 

 

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson tells ZachNews that residents affected by the multiple residential structure fire could go to 2 cooling and evacuation centers that were set up at the Needles Regional Senior Center, located at 1699 Bailey Avenue near Lillyhill Drive in Needles, California, and at the 19th Hole Bar and Grill, located near the River’s Edge Golf Course at 144 Marina Drive, in Needles, California.

 

But as of 8:00pm PT, the 2 cooling and evacuation centers were closed.

 

 

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson tells ZachNews that they were manned until 8:00pm PT or so and no one showed up.

 

 

“The City of Needles was advised most displaced families made other arrangements and the American Red Cross was on scene assisting,” said Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson.

 

 

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson tells ZachNews that we had employee on standby to reopen if needed.

 

 

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson plans to be back down to the area in the morning of Sunday, July 17th, 2016 to follow up and speak with area residents.

 

 

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson tells ZachNews that his available by phone at: 1 (702) 206-0771.

 

 

** More information is still coming into ZachNews and will be adding more information as well as pictures and videos from the multiple residential structure fire in Needles, California. **

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