The Redlands Fire Department has released more photos of a fire that heavily damaged a two-story home built in 1904 Wednesday morning near downtown Redlands.
The fire was reported after 7:30 a.m. Nov. 7 in the 300 block of Sonora Street, Redlands spokesman Carl Baker said. Smoke from the fire could be seen throughout downtown and adjacent neighborhoods.
A dog and a cat belonging to the residents were rescued from the fire, and the cause was likely electrical given "old-style wiring and a history of electrical problems in the house," Baker said.
"When firefighters arrived they found the two-story home well involved," Baker said. "No one was home at the residence but firefighters say fire had probably been burning in the interior walls for some time before the fire was detected."
"Two overlapping shifts from the Redlands Fire Department responded along with personnel from Loma Linda, San Bernardino County and a Deputy Fire Chief from the Rancho Cucamonga Fire District who saw the flames as he was heading to work," Baker said. "A total of 31 personnel responded."
The home's roof collapsed about 8 a.m. and firefighters pulled back for a time, Baker said. The fire was declared knocked down about 9 a.m.
Firefighters remained on scene until about 3:30 p.m., Baker said.
Damage to the home was estimated around $300,000 for the structure and $50,000 for contents, Baker said. Rebuilding and restoration could be more costly, Baker said.
The home was about 1,800 square feet and it had been divided into separate upstairs and downstairs rental units, Baker said. Most of the fire damage was to the upstairs portion of the house. The downstairs portion suffered significant water damage.
No injuries were reported.