TWENTYNINE PALMS — Sheriff’s arson and bomb squad investigators are looking into a fire that killed two people in the 75500 block of Valle Vista Road Sunday night, June 9.
Battalion Chief Mike McClintock said country firefighters responded at a 10:26 p.m. call to a single-family, single-story house in the unincorporated area of Twentynine Palms.
Firefighters had been told there might be people inside the house so, when they arrived and found fire and smoke coming from the front of the house, they initiated a fire attack and rescue operation, McClintock said.
Firefighters discovered two dead bodies inside the home, he reported.
He added that firefighters, with help from the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, had the fire knocked down in 45 minutes. Firefighting efforts, McClintock noted, were hampered by the absence of a fire hydrant in the area.
The fire, he said, caused significant damage to the structure and contents of the conventionally-built single-story home.
Following the discovery of the two victims, he said, sheriff’s department arson and bomb investigators and the county fire department’s own arson investigator responded to the scene.
County fire responded to the blaze with two engines, a brush patrol, a water tender, a battalion chief and a fire investigator.
The combat center fire department provided an engine. County fire moved an engine to the downtown Twentynine Palms station for coverage during the incident.
McClintock, who was on duty for the fire, said the building was well involved, with heavy smoke and fire showing from the front by the time firefighters arrived.
“A tree in the front yard was on fire as well,” he said.
The 1,400 square foot building, he added, was well off Valle Vista Road and was not located near any other houses.
No firefighters were reported injured, he added.