TWENTYNINE PALMS — Firefighters made quick work of a fire that broke out in a vacant house in the 6200 block of Bagley Avenue Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 28.
Neighbors reportedly told firefighters that squatters had been seen inside the residence.
That was called into question, however, when Fire Capt. Michael Murphy reported Friday morning that a lone resident of the house claimed the home was owned by his mother.
That resident, he said, was alerted by a smoke alarm and got out of the house safely.
The fire call was received at 7:30, Murphy said, and firefighters arrived on scene three minutes later. Firefighters found the home fully involved in flames with fire throughout the structure.
Medic Engines 44 and 36 were aided by a battalion chief and a Combat Center Fire Station engine.
Firefighters spent an hour knocking down the blaze and several more hours in overhaul and cleanup.
Murphy called the house a total loss.
“The home is not tenable,” he said. “Every portion of the house was engulfed in fire when we arrived.”
As firefighters completed the task of putting out the fire, an investigator was in route to determine cause of the blaze.
As of Friday morning, the cause of the fire remained under investigation.