On July 05, 2016 in the Four Seasons Community in Hemet, a home on Tewell Dr. was badly damaged by a blaze that caused a loss of approximately $100,000. Hemet Fire Department together with Cal Fire responded rapidly to contain the structure fire before it threatened adjacent homes and had it extinguished in about twenty minuted upon arriving on scene.
There were many people on scene watching the firefighters putting out the blaze and some even were willing to give their testimony in regards to what they witnessed. One man; James Gardner; was kind enough to provide me with an on camera interview. Below is a statement from Hemet Fire Department and a video report on the incident.
From Hemet Fire Department:
Incident advisory – Structure Fire 584 Tewell Drive, Hemet
At 3:56pm, Hemet Fire Department units responded to a working structure fire at 584 Tewell. On arrival HFD units encountered a well involved attic fire at the 584 address. Aggressive fire attack by HFD Firefighters held the fire in check and prevented fire spread to an adjacent house at 572 Tewell. First arriving unit arrived onscene at 4:04pm, the fire was knocked down and controlled at 4:29pm.
Although the estimated property loss is 100,000 – aggressive salvage efforts by HFD minimized additional property loss and saved thousands of dollars of personal property of the homeowners.
No injuries to report – Fire cause is still under investigation at the time of this advisory. I would like to acknowledge the close coordination and support by our Dispatch Personnel, Police as well as mutual aid provided to HFD by Cal Fire.