The Idyllwild Fire Department, along with several Riverside County Fire units, saved a burning structure at 25130 Lodge Road in Fern Valley from total loss.
According to Capt. Mark LaMont, the response arrived on scene within four minutes, but only after spotting the smoke on Lodge Road rather than Chipmunk Drive where the initial and anonymous call to the Idyllwild Fire Station suggested the fire might be.
The resident was there and inhaled some smoke, but no injuries occurred and no medical transports were needed, LaMont said.
Several Idyllwild firefighters entered the blazing building to extinguish the fire and were helped with self-venting through the upstairs windows, LaMont added. The department’s thermal-imaging camera was used to identify and locate several hotspots that remained.
About a half-hour later, Idyllwild notified dispatch that full containment had been achieved. “It was a good knock-down,” LaMont said.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, he said.