SAN JACINTO: Downtown blaze displaces family

Flames and smoke billow from a Victorian-style home in downtown San Jacinto. John Strangis photo
Flames and smoke billow from a Victorian-style home in downtown San Jacinto. John Strangis photo

SAN JACINTO – A Victorian-style, multi-family residence was damaged by an early-morning fire Sunday, Nov. 27. The blaze was reported about 12:15 a.m., at a set of three older buildings at 304 E. Main Street near S. Jordan Avenue in San Jacinto.

While the fire burned, flames could be seen shooting from the roof and the top of the structure that was burning. Firefighters later determined the fire originated in the attic of the residence; however, the cause of the fire had not yet been determined.

29 firefighters from nine engine companies responded to the residential blaze, according to Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Public Information Officer Jody Hagemann. They were assisted by a Breathing Support Unit and other fire officials.

“Cal Fire/Riverside County Firefighters, with assistance from Soboba Fire Department, and Hemet Fire Department are on scene of a multi-family dwelling structure fire in San Jacinto,” Hagemann explained in an initial press release shortly after firefighters arrived at the scene.

“The first arriving engine company reported a two-story, Victorian-style home with smoke and flames visible from the roof,” Hagemann wrote.

Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s San Jacinto Police Station were also called to the scene to assist with crowd and traffic control as firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze, which was initially reported as three buildings burning.

Southern California Edison and the Southern California Gas Company responded to the scene of the fire to shut off all utilities to the residence.

The fire was contained to one structure by about 1:15 a.m., according to Hagemann. Fire resources remained at the scene of the fire for about two hours while firefighters conducted extensive overhaul and mop up operations.

E. Main Street between S. Jordan and S. Alessandro Avenues remained closed to through-traffic until fire personnel left the area.

One family was displaced by the fire and American Red Cross officials were responding to the scene to assist the displaced family.

There were no reported injuries to firefighters or citizens related to the fire.

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