Riverside Fire Department

Palmryita Incident

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Incident Name: Palmryita Incident

Date Reported: 05/06/2020

Time Reported: 1312 Hours

Incident Location: 935 Palmyrita Ave, Riverside, CA 92501

Ward #: Ward 1 Edwards

Type of Incident: Hazardous Material

Incident Number: RIV #20-012987

Control Time: 05/06/2020 at 1622 Hours





Non Injury: 2

Displaced Persons:




  • Failure of equipment or heat source
  • Evacuations: 25

    Evacuation Comments: Evacuated approximately 25 employees

    Resources Assigned

    Chief Officer(s): 2

    Engine Companies: 3

    Truck Companies: 2

    Squad(s): 1

    Ambulance(s): 1

    Firefighter(s): 20

    Safety Officer(s): 1

    Public Information Officer(s): 1

    Fire Investigator(s):

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    Mutual Aid:

    Specialized Equipment:

  • Haz-Mat
  • EOC: Notified


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    Current Situation

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    On Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 1:12 p.m., The City of Riverside Fire Department dispatched a Hazardous Materials Response to 935 Palmyrita Ave at VSI Commercial Business for reports of a chemical fire and possible employee’s inhaling smoke.  Firefighters arrived on scene to discover no smoke or fire and a green five-gallon buck with chemical markings on it removed from the business by employees prior to our arrival.  There was also a wooden pallet with black charring on it.

    A VSI representative advised that there was a report of a possible fire in the warehouse. He found a wooden pallet in the middle of an isle way that had one five-gallon container with UN 2014 (Hydrogen Peroxide) labeling on the five-gallon container on it. It was smoking so he removed it to the exterior of the building. He then used a fire extinguisher on it because it was smoking and then called 911.

    The City of Riverside Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team arrived on scene and mitigated the incident.  Hazmat 2 made an entry into the structure and conducted air sampling.  Hazmat 2 also inspected the container and discovered a leak in the container which had cause the product to come into contact with the wooden pallet causing the combustion.  Hazmat secured the container and placed the leaking container into a spill container. 

    The two employees who had possibly inhaled smoke, were treated and released by AMR on scene.  There were no firefighter or civilian injuries.  There was no fire damaged to the structure and no significant dollar loss.  A total of two chief officers, one public information officer and 20 firefighters responded to the incident.  

    Assisting Aid Agencies

  • AMR

  • Incident Commander: Bruce Vanderhorst

    Prepared By: Bruce Vanderhorst

    Date / Time Posted: 05/06/2020 2155 Hours

    Information Center: 951.826.5321