Riverside Fire Department

Magnolia Incident

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Incident Name: Magnolia Incident

Date Reported: 1/16/2020

Time Reported: 1527 Hours

Incident Location: 6024 Magnolia Ave, Riverside, CA 92501

Ward #: Ward 3 Fierro

Type of Incident: Hazardous Material

Incident Number: RIV #20-001733

Control Time: 1/16/2020 at 1817 Hours





Non Injury:

Displaced Persons: 40


Save: $500,000


  • Unintentional
  • Evacuations: 9 Businesses

    Evacuation Comments: Evacuated approximately 40 individuals

    Resources Assigned

    Chief Officer(s): 1

    Engine Companies: 3

    Truck Companies: 2



    Firefighter(s): 22

    Safety Officer(s):

    Public Information Officer(s): 1

    Fire Investigator(s):

    Overhead Personnel: 3

    Mutial Aid:

    Specialized Equipment:

  • Haz-Mat
  • EOC: Notified

    Utilities: SoCal Gas

    Red Cross:

    Percent (%) Contained or Completed:

    Total (%) of Perimeter that will be Contained:

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    Current Situation

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    On January 16, 2020 at 3:27 p.m., the City of Riverside Fire Department dispatched a single engine company to reports of a smell of natural gas in the area of Magnolia Ave X Jurupa Ave.  Firefighters arrived on scene to discover a natural gas meter to a commercial building was broken with a significant leak at 6024 Magnolia Ave at the Cano’s Market.  Reports were of a transient had been sitting on the gas meter, when the gas meter broke.  The company officer immediately closed Magnolia Ave and evacuated the surrounding businesses at a minimum of 300’.  A total of 9 businesses were evacuated affecting approximately 40 individuals. 

    The company officer upgraded the assignment to include the Haz-Mat Team, an additional engine company, a truck company and one chief officer.  A request was placed with the SoCal Gas Company to respond an agency representative and a work crew.  The incident became the Magnolia Incident.  Command was transferred to the first arriving chief officer.  A PIO was established and RPD assisted with closing Magnolia Ave between Jurupa to Elizabeth.  The EOC was notified and a representative from the EOC responded to the incident.

    SoCal Gas work crew arrived on scene and was able to shut down the leak.  The Haz-Mat team made entry into Cano’s Market and conducted air sampling of the business and assisted with ventilating the structure.  The building was released back to the business owners.  The evacuations for the surrounding businesses were lifted.  Magnolia Ave was re-opened.  There were no firefighter or civilian injuries.  A total of 19 firefighters and 3 overhead personnel for a total of 22 personnel responded to the incident.  The incident concluded at 6:17 p.m.

    Assisting Aid Agencies

  • RPD
  • Southern California Gas Company

  • Incident Commander: Bruce Vanderhorst

    Prepared By: Bruce Vanderhorst

    Date / Time Posted: 1/16/2020 2045 Hours

    Information Center: 951.826.5321