SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA) – Six folks had been hospitalized on Wednesday morning following a two-alarm fireplace in San Bernardino that ripped via each a U-Haul enterprise and a house.
Tangled steel, torched timber and torn open properties had been left behind after an SUV crashed into two propane tanks at a UHaul enterprise, inflicting an explosion.
The fireplace broke out earlier than 9:45 a.m. within the 1200 block of Backyard Drive, off Baseline Avenue.
San Bernardino County Hearth Division crews arrived on scene to seek out each a house and an adjoining U-Haul storage facility on fireplace.
Firefighters introduced the blaze below management simply earlier than 11 a.m. as crews labored to clear the burned particles.
It’s unclear precisely the place and the way the hearth began.
“The fuel, it simply traveled and caught ignition,” mentioned house owner Jose Mendoza. “Then I noticed smoke and flames coming in via the aspect of the window and my mother and nieces had been sitting there.”
The affect was so sturdy that it blasted the hood open and tore the bumper off Mendoza’s automotive, throwing it into his entrance yard and catching his home on fireplace. He rapidly received his household to security.
“I truly thought we had been at a terrorist assault or warfare. That’s what it felt like seeing that girl working down the road on fireplace,” mentioned witness Jamelle Jones. “I couldn’t even look anymore, I used to be simply crying and throwing up.”
Jones mentioned it was a grandmother who caught fireplace whereas standing exterior the condo constructing in the course of the explosion.
She was one of many 4 folks burned, and 6 folks injured, together with the driving force of the SUV and a passenger.
San Bernardino Police mentioned it’s unclear what occurred to trigger the crash and subsequent explosion.
“I don’t have any data as as to if this was intentional or simply an accident,” mentioned Sgt. John Echevarria.
Officers say they’re investigating whether or not or not intoxication, velocity and reckless driving performed a task within the crash.
“I’m simply glad we’re okay, that my mother and nieces had been capable of get out,” Mendoza mentioned.
As neighbors attempt to make sense of the life-altering penalties of this horrible crash, they’re praying for the harmless individuals who had been harm.