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Deadly San Bernardino House Fire May Have Been Caused By Voltage Spike ^ | May 4, 2014 8:12 AM | Louisa Hodge

Posted on 05/04/2014 10:44:41 AM PDT by BenLurkin

SAN BERNARDINO ( — A man is dead and his wife is in serious condition after an early morning house fire that may be linked to a power outage caused by a hit-and-run crash.

Around 2 a.m., firefighters responded to a call of people trapped inside a burning home in the 4400 block of Genevieve Lane in San Bernardino.

When they arrived on scene, they witnessed Greg Oriomonge, a good Samaritan, pulling a man from the home.

Oriomonge said he was inside his garage when he heard an explosion, and a woman scream, “Help! Help! Help!”

He said he grabbed a water hose and tried to douse the flames. He then made his way inside the house but the smoke was too thick. Oriomonge said he made another attempt, and that’s when he spotted the man, and eventually pulled him out.

“I found him and then I went back in another time, and I pulled him out of the house … I wish I could have gotten to him a little sooner,” he said.

Although the cause of the fire remains under investigation, firefighters said it appeared that the distribution system inside the home was overwhelmed due to a voltage spike.

Capt. Kenny Yellen of the San Bernardino City Fire Department told KCAL9′s Louisa Hodge that a traffic collision had preceded the structure fire and occurred within the same power grid. He said the collision apparently caused some power lines to whip and connect.

“The power lines connected together causing a huge power surge to the power grid. It looks like some of that power was directed here, and caused the fire,” the captain said, who described the investigation as “unprecedented.”

“I’ve got 24 years in the fire service and I’ve never seen anything quite like it,” he said.

The driver of the vehicle allegedly fled the scene, according to authorities.

The identity of the deceased was not released but Hodge reported that the couple was in their 90s. At last word, the woman was said to be listed in serious condition at a hospital.

TOPICS: Weird Stuff

1 posted on 05/04/2014 10:44:41 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin
Very sad indeed.But,although I'm no electrical engineer,I thought that that was what circuit breakers were for.
2 posted on 05/04/2014 10:49:30 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: Gay State Conservative

circuit breakers check the amps, not the voltage.

3 posted on 05/04/2014 10:50:35 AM PDT by PeterPrinciple
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To: BenLurkin
The driver of the vehicle allegedly fled the scene, according to authorities.

10:1 the driver was one of those immigrants just trying to make a honest living. I myself have been impacted by them four separate times!

4 posted on 05/04/2014 10:52:29 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: PeterPrinciple
Likely the short circuit produced by the crash probably sent 100,000 amps plus into House service equipment rated to withstand 22,000A max, if that much.

When that happens, the equipment explodes, and if there is anything combustible nearby, you've got yourself a nasty fire pretty quick.

5 posted on 05/04/2014 11:03:00 AM PDT by Rome2000
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To: Mastador1

Those are now referred to as “impacts of love”......

6 posted on 05/04/2014 11:28:01 AM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Mastador1

Committing another “Act of Love.”

7 posted on 05/04/2014 11:30:04 AM PDT by rabidralph
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To: Rome2000

Since the source was identified very quickly, I’m betting it was the breaker panel box that exploded and started the fire.

Worse if the panel was inside the garage as opposed to being on the outer wall.

8 posted on 05/04/2014 11:43:59 AM PDT by az_gila
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