Riverside Fire Department

Box Springs Incident

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Incident Name: Box Springs Incident

Date Reported: 04/08/2020

Time Reported: 222 Hours

Incident Location: 6531 Box Springs Blvd., Riverside, CA 92507

Ward #: Ward 2 Melendrez

Type of Incident: Commercial Structure Fire

Incident Number: RIV #20-013229

Control Time: 0141 Hours



Moderate: 1


Non Injury:

Displaced Persons:

Loss: $5,000

Save: $2,000,000


  • Unintentional
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    Chief Officer(s): 1

    Engine Companies: 4

    Truck Companies: 1

    Squad(s): 1

    Ambulance(s): 1

    Firefighter(s): 18

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    Fire Investigator(s): 2

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    On May 8, 2020 at 10:22 p.m., The City of Riverside Fire Department responded a truck company to a ringing alarm at 6531 Box Springs Blvd to a commercial business, Cruz Containers Inc.  Firefighters arrived on scene to find a 20,000 sq. ft. commercial business with a fire sprinkler activation and smoke coming from the structure.  The incident was upgraded to a first alarm assignment.  Firefighters were hampered by closed lock gates and guard dogs on the premise. 

    Firefighters made access through the front door with a hose line and search the interior of the structure for the fire.  Firefighters discovered the fire was under control from the Fire Sprinkler System in a spray paint booth.  Firefighters then extinguished the fire.  The business owner arrived on scene and alerted firefighters to a transient living in his business after hours.  The transient was removed from the structure in moderate condition due to possible smoke inhalation.  AMR responded to the incident.  Riverside City Firefighter/Paramedics provided Advanced Life Support care.  AMR and Firefighter/Paramedic transported the patient to a local area hospital.

    The structure was ventilated using fans which took approx. an hour and half due to the large structure.  Arson Investigator’s conducted an investigation of the incident.  After the investigation, the cause of the fire was Unintentional and undetermined.   The damage to the contents was estimated at $5,000 with a save of $2,000,000.  There were no fighter injuries.  A total of 18 firefighters, one chief officer and two investigators responded to the incident.

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    Incident Commander: Bruce Vanderhorst

    Prepared By: Bruce Vanderhorst

    Date / Time Posted: 05/09/2020 0720

    Information Center: 951.826.5321