Fire breaks out at home in French Valley

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FRENCH VALLEY – A fire engulfed a French Valley home and ignited a cache of ammunition Monday afternoon, sending bullets flying and complicating firefighters’ efforts to contain the blaze.

The fire was reported at 5:09 p.m. at a residence on Galleano Avenue near Maddalena Road, according to information from Cal Fire Riverside.

The 2,000 square-foot home was “well-involved” in the fire when firefighters arrived on scene, Cal Fire said on Twitter.

Arriving engine crews encountered rounds of ammo detonating, with projectiles flying to the east of the property, according to reports from the scene.

The bursts of ammunition led to numerous 911 calls about explosions going off in the area, authorities said. The California Highway Patrol was among agencies that went to investigate.

The blaze was under control by about 6:30 p.m., nearly an hour and a half after it was first reported.

One firefighters sustained non-life-threatening injuries fighting the inferno. No one else was hurt.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

City News Service contributed to this report.

7:45 p.m. Monday: This story was updated to indicate the fire has been contained.