Riverside Fire Department

Canterbury Incident

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Incident Name: Canterbury Incident

Date Reported: 7/4/2020

Time Reported: 2107 Hours

Incident Location: 4300 Block of Canterbury, Riverside, CA 92505

Ward #: Ward 5 Plascencia

Type of Incident: Palm Tree Fire

Incident Number: RIV #20-018972

Control Time: 7/4/2020 at 2130 Hours





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Loss: $50,000

Save: $1,200,000


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    Chief Officer(s): 1

    Engine Companies: 4

    Truck Companies: 1



    Firefighter(s): 21

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    On Saturday July 4, 2020 at 9:07 p.m., The City of Riverside Fire Department responded a response of two engine companies and a chief officer to the California X Canterbury for reports of six palm trees on fire.  Firefighters arrived to find several trees on fire to the rear of a residential back yard threatening four immediate residential houses.  The assignment was upgraded to a first alarm structure fire assignment.  Firefighters made an aggressive fire attack and contained the fire to the backyard.  One outbuilding was destroyed along with severe damage to the backyard fences. 

    The estimated loss was at $50,000 with a save of $1.2 million.  There was no damage to the primary residences and no civilian or firefighter injuries.  A total of 21 firefighters and one chief officer responded to the incident.  It was reported prior to the fire numerous fireworks were being launched in the immediate vicinity.  The cause of the fire was undetermined after investigation.

    Assisting Aid Agencies

    Incident Commander: Bruce Vanderhorst

    Prepared By: Bruce Vanderhorst

    Date / Time Posted: 7/6/2020 0800

    Information Center: 951.826.5321