Riverside Fire Department

Van Buren Incident

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Incident Name: Van Buren Incident

Date Reported: 06/21/2020

Time Reported: 1107 Hours

Incident Location: 3900 Block of Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, CA 92504

Ward #: Ward 5

Type of Incident: Residential Structure Fire

Incident Number: RIV #20-017513

Control Time: 06/21/2020 1350 Hours


Critical: 1



Non Injury:

Displaced Persons: 0

Loss: $7,000

Save: $250,000


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    Chief Officer(s): 1

    Engine Companies: 3

    Truck Companies: 1

    Squad(s): 1

    Ambulance(s): 1

    Firefighter(s): 16

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    Fire Investigator(s): 2

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    Current Situation

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    The City of Riverside Fire Department responded to a report of a residential structure fire with a possible burn victim in the 3900 Block of Van Buren Blvd. Based on reports coming from the reporting party, Riverside dispatch added an AMR unit to the initial dispatch.

    The first due Engine Company reported light smoke showing from the front of the residence. A Riverside City Firefighter Paramedic made access into the home and heard screaming coming from the backyard. The Firefighter Paramedic found a 2-year-old female with severe burn injuries. Riverside Firefighters immediately began treating the toddler while additional crews entered the residence to extinguish the fire. The toddler was transported to an area hospital in critical condition by AMR Ambulance with a Riverside City Firefighter Paramedic assisting. The fire was caused by a battery pack that was used to power a curling iron. The Pack was being charged by a USB cable and overheated, igniting the bed where the toddler was sitting. A four-year-old boy observed smoke coming from the room and alerted the victims uncle who extinguished the fire and removed the toddler to the backyard. Fire damage to the residence was limited to the single bedroom. The toddler has been transferred to a specialty hospital out of the area but remains in critical condition.

    Assisting Aid Agencies

  • AMR

  • Incident Commander: Jeff DeLaurie

    Prepared By: BC Jeff DeLaurie

    Date / Time Posted: 06/21/2020 1911 Hours

    Information Center: 951.826.5321