BREAKING NEWS: EXTENDED RESPONSE TIME CAUSES GREATER DAMAGE AT 29 PALMS HOME

BREAKING NEWS: EXTENDED RESPONSE TIME CAUSES GREATER DAMAGE AT 29 PALMS HOME

The Twentynine Palms Fire Chief said a longer response time because of the closed Lear Avenue fire station was a factor in fire damage to a small home Tuesday. Chief Jim Thompson said firefighters responded to a report of smoke at about 1:00 p.m. on the dirt extension to Indian Cove Road, north of the highway, and found a 1,000-square-foot single-story structure “well-involved” in flames. The home had been built as a homestead cabin back in the ’50’s and has been added onto repeatedly over the years. Thompson said it was difficult to put out the fire because a peaked roof had been installed over the original flat roof and the fire was in the space between the two roofs. One firefighter suffered an electrical jolt, but no serious injury, when he touched a metal fence with a downed power line on it. The resident, Devin Keihm, was not at home when the fire started but arrived to find his house in flames with firefighters present. He said two cockatiels in the house had died; his dog was outside and was safe. The exact cause of the fire was unknown, and Chief Thompson said the estimated loss from the house and contents was about $60,000. Twentynine Palms firefighters were assisted by mutual aid from the Combat Center and Wonder Valley fire stations. The County Fire station from Yucca Mesa covered the downtown Twentynine Palms Fire station during the incident.

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