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Redlands Police Department
Friday April 29th, 2011 :: 12:59 p.m. PDT

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Passerby keeps structure fire in check until firefighters arrive

A passerby kept a structure fire in check with a garden hose until Redlands Firefighters arrived to put out the blaze. Firefighters received a call of a structure fire in the two-story single-family home in the 600 block of Jeremy Court at about 6:30 a.m. Friday, April 29. Upon arrival firefighters saw smoke coming from the second floor windows and attic vents.

The fire had been kept in check by a passerby who used a garden hose at the house. The Good Samaritan was checked by Fire Department paramedics for injuries and smoke inhalation, but he had no complaints. The residents had evacuated the house prior firefighters' arrival and a thorough search of the building was clear of people and pets.

Firefighters remained on scene for approximately three and a half hours to thoroughly extinguish and investigate the cause. The fire was believed to be caused by an overloaded electrical circuit. The house had several electrical issues and the room of origin was receiving electricity from a series of extension cords from the laundry room. The Redlands Fire Department wishes to emphasize that extension cords should not be used in place of fixed wiring due to the risk of fire. Electrical issues should be addressed by a qualified electrician to avoid creating a hazardous condition. Structural damage and property loss to the home are estimated at $15,000.
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Redlands Police Department
30 Cajon St
Redlands, CA 92373

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Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 909-798-7681

600 Jeremy Ct
Redlands, CA 92374

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