Skip to comments.Deadly San Bernardino House Fire May Have Been Caused By Voltage Spike
Posted on 05/04/2014 10:44:41 AM PDT by BenLurkin
SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA.com) 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 thats 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.
Ive got 24 years in the fire service and Ive 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.
circuit breakers check the amps, not the voltage.
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!
When that happens, the equipment explodes, and if there is anything combustible nearby, you've got yourself a nasty fire pretty quick.
Those are now referred to as “impacts of love”......
Committing another “Act of Love.”
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.
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