Just before 5:30 tonight OCFA firefighting crews in Santa Ana extinguished a fence fire before it could catch a detached classroom at a school on fire.
Why do you suppose a fence would catch fire?
Two adults and one child were displaced after an attic fire damaged their home at the 2000 block of S. Sycamore St., in Santa Ana, this morning. The fire was reported at 7:49 a.m.
It took firefighters approximately 15 minutes to get the fire knocked down. No injuries reported and the cause is under investigation.
The fire took place about a block west of Main St. near the South Main Business District.
Just after 9 p.m. last night OCFA firefighters arrived to find 12 cypress trees on fire at a mobile home park at the 1500 block of N. Newhope St., in Santa Ana.
Four residents were displaced due to damage their home sustained, however multiple homes were spared damage due to a quick knock down of the fire. No injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. The SAPD assisted at the scene.
Patrick Andrew Ceniceros, 61, of Tustin, is heading to prison for 18 years to life after being sentenced on Friday for setting a five-alarm arson fire last year at a Tustin apartment building killed a pet dog and displaced about 100 residents. He was given credit for 599 days in custody which means he will get out of prison even sooner.
Ceniceros pleaded guilty on May 24 to aggravated arson with property damage in excess of $8.3 million, arson of an inhabited structure, arson of property and cruelty to animals, all felonies. He also admitted sentencing enhancements for using an acceleration device in an arson.
He was previously convicted for attempted murder in October of 2009 in San Bernardino County, and served 8 years in prison for that crime.
Ceniceros set the fire when the residents were asleep, which could have killed many of the apartment’s residents. The fire was reported at about 3 a.m. at Chatham Village apartments at 15751 Williams St., near McFadden Avenue. The fire burned so intensely that it caused the apartment’s roof to collapse. The fire started on the first floor but quickly grew into the second floor and the attic. It took almost five hours for 120 firefighters to finally extinguish the arson fire.
Ceniceros has been in jail since Feb. 12, 2020, after he made incriminating statements when he was interviewed by OCFA investigators about the blaze.
The apartment building was considered to be a total loss even though some of the lower units were not burned as those units were damaged by the water and smoke.
You may have seen column of black smoke this afternoon near Downtown Santa Ana. The OCFA has reported that there was a fire at a residential duplex at the 1000 block of W 2nd St before 12:50 pm. The fire took place right next to Angels Community Park.
The fire started outside and extended towards surrounding homes. The firefighters stopped the forward spread before it did extensive damage to each home involved.
13 children and 19 adults were displaced by the fire as four homes were damaged. Sadly, one dog did not survive.
Fire investigators are on the scene. There is no cause determined yet. No injuries reported. Assistance provided by
the SAPD and So. Cal. Red Cross, which provided three SAVE cards with monetary value to assist the displaced residents.
An adult female has apparently become wedged between two walls at a building located in the 1020 block of North Harbor Blvd., in Santa Ana. That is a auto service center that includes an Auto Repair and Smog Shop as well as a car stereo sales and installation business.
An OCFA technical rescue team is on scene attempting to get to get the female out.
The firefighters are trying to breach the wall while keeping an eye on the female and ventilating the area.
The OCFA just tweeted this update: “After a cautious and technical operation, firefighters have gotten the victim out. Our paramedics will be assessing her now.”
Guests awoke to firefighters attacking a fire at a motel in the 1500 blk of E. 1st street in Santa Ana at approx 7:15 a.m.
The firefighters knocked it down in just 9 min while guests tried to get back into rooms to grab belongings. The quick stop protected the guests and the rest of the motel.
The firefighters laid in over 600 feet of hose from the street while battling the blaze.
The OCFA was assisted by the Orange Fire Department and the SAPD.
A salvage yard in the City of Santa Ana near N. Fuller St. & E. Washington Ave. had flames come right up to it after several palm trees caught fire today. The fire occurred just south of the 5 Freeway.
OCFA firefighters quickly surrounded the fire & prevented further spread.
The cause is under investigation.
OCFA firefighters and paramedics tended to six patients at a traffic collision involving a Vista Charter school bus and a minivan this afternoon on S. Daisy Ave and WIllits St. in Santa Ana.
The accident occurred northeast of Jerome Park.
The school bus appears to have run up a curb after the accident.
The victims included one adult and one pediatric patient who were transported as trauma patients to a local hospital. One additional pediatric patient was transported by ambulance. Three additional patients declined transport.
Early yesterday morning, OCFA firefighters extricated a traffic collision patient.
The patient was then transported by paramedics as a trauma case to a local hospital.
Later that morning, OCFA firefighters rigged a “ladder slide” to extricate a pt suffering a medical emergency in an attic void space.
OCFA firefighters were busy in Santa Ana last night and early this morning as they battled two blazes.
The firefighters quickly knocked down a commercial structure fire in the 1900 blk of E. Pomona St. in
Santa Ana shortly after 11 p.m.
Sprinklers helped keep the fire in check before firefighters arrived. Investigators on scene. The SAPD provided assistance with controlling the local traffic during the fire.
The firefighters did not get to rest long after that fire as they got another call regarding a commercial fire at approximately 2:30 a.m. this morning at the 1200 block of S. Main St., just south of Lathrop Intermediate School.
They were able to knock down that fire in just 10 minutes- stopping it from spreading through multiple units.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. The SAPD again provided assistance with traffic management during the fire.
Kittens are known to be curious and sometimes that gets them into big trouble. For example a little kitten got stuck in a bunkbed recently, at a home in Santa Ana. The children who owned the kitten tried and tried to get him out of the hole but finally had to call for help.
The crew of Santa Ana’s OCFA Engine 73 saw a fluffy head sticking out of a hole in the bunkbed upon their arrival.
You have to give the firefighters credit – they came up with a unique solution to get the kitten out of the hole. Firefighter Matt Petro used soap and water to wet the kitten and were eventually able to wiggle him out.
Fire occurred in the 13900 block of Tustin East Dr. at a carport early in the morning on April 19. Tustin PD responded to the area assist the OCFA firefighters.
Numerous vehicles in the detached carport structure were fully engulfed in flames. OCFA quickly extinguished the blaze and arson was not determined to be at play. The firefighters were able to knockdown the fire before it could extend into the nearby apartments.
Preventing exposures (in this case the apartment) from catching fire is a top priority on every fire. No injuries & cause is under investigation.
It took OCFA firefighters nine minutes to knock down a fully-involved garage fire in the 1300 block of S Cedar St. in the City of Santa Ana this evening.
The firefighters were able to prevent the spread into the house. Crews searched the home and ensured everyone was out. No injuries reported. The cause is under investigation.
The fire occurred in the Madison Park Neighborhood, near Madison Elementary.
Demolition had started this morning at that same structure.
The fire was knocked down and confined to the first floor of the abandoned building. Investigators are at the scene.
Approximately 55 firefighters were on scene finishing a search of the vast spaces inside. The OCFA reported no victims found at this time and no injuries reported.
The Orange Fire Department assisted at the scene as did the SAPD.
The SAPD has blocked Edgewood at N. Bush St. and is diverting cars entering the Park Santiago Neighborhood down Bush St. to Santa Clara. It appears that they blocked off N. Main St. and are diverting the traffic through the neighborhood.