PERRIS: Three injured in early-morning residential fire

PERRIS – Three people were hospitalized in an early-morning, residential structure fire that destroyed a home after multiple oxygen tanks exploded Tuesday, Dec. 19. The fire happened in the 500 block of Cherry Vista Drive in Perris.

Two victims sustained major injuries and a third suffered moderate injuries, all related to smoke inhalation, according to fire officials.

The fire was reported to Riverside County emergency dispatchers about 2:44 a.m.

24 firefighters from six engine companies and one truck company responded to the fire, according to Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Public Information Officer Tawny Castro. They were assisted by a Breathing Support Unit.

When firefighters arrived they reported finding a fully involved structure fire with multiple oxygen tanks exploding.

Firefighter/paramedics treated three victims from the fire for smoke inhalation. All three injured citizens were transported by ground ambulances to area hospitals for further evaluation and treatment.

Southern California Edison personnel were summoned to the scene of the fire to turn off utilities to the residence.

Firefighters had the blaze under control by 3:42 a.m.

The home was a total loss, according to Castro. The loss was estimated at $150,000.

American Red Cross representatives were requested to the scene to assist those displaced by the fire.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined and is currently under investigation.

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