Fire destroys house in remote Joshua Tree neighborhood

A house fire in northern Joshua Tree sends up a black plume of smoke visible for miles Wednesday morning. "Around 10:35 my dog Cassie (a Dalmatian) was barking loudly and I came outside to see this fire," photographer Bob DeLoyd said. "By the time the fire department arrived the house was mostly burnt down."

JOSHUA TREE — A house was completely destroyed by fire Wednesday morning in the northern Joshua Tree-Copper Mountain Mesa area.

The fire was reported at 10:48 a.m. as it burned a house on Giant Rock Road just west of Copper Moon Road, Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle said. 

The San Bernardino County fire department sent three engines and a water tender from Joshua Tree, Yucca Mesa and Twentynine Palms, with Tuttle supervising.

“The smoke was visible from several miles out. I could see the black header when I was in Joshua Tree,” Tuttle said.

People also reported seeing the smoke from the Twentynine Palms Marine base and Yucca Mesa.

“When we got there, the house was well involved in flames,” Tuttle said.

Firefighters took about 40 minutes to have the fire completely knocked down. No one was hurt but the house was destroyed.

According to the fire department, it appears it was home to at least one person. 

“There was nobody at the house when we got there, but the neighbors say there was someone who lives there,” Tuttle said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the fire and sheriff’s departments.

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