Firefighter suffers minor injuries while battling blaze

A firefighter suffered minor injuries while battling a blaze in a double-wide manufactured home in Murrieta Saturday, Jan. 6.

The fire broke out about 8 a.m. near the intersection of Baxter Road and Menifee roads, according to Murrieta Fire & Rescue.

According to freelance photographer Joe Fanaselle, Firefighters initially prepared to perform an interior attack but were forced to pull back and switch to a defensive operation due to extreme heat and fire conditions, including fire under the subfloor.

Due to the rural location of the area, firefighters faced a water supply issue, using two water tenders and three engines to shuttle water from the nearest hydrant more than half of a mile from the location of the fire.

There were no occupants or pets in the home at the time the fire broke out, though one firefighter received minor injuries while battling the blaze. The firefighter was treated and released according to a Murrieta Fire & Rescue.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, MFD said.

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