More than 40 apartment units at an Upland apartment complex were significantly damaged in a large fire on Tuesday, May 4, the San Bernardino County Fire Department said.
The Fire Department responded to the blaze at about 2:45 p.m. in the 700 block of West 7th Street. The origin of the fire was in a communal attic space that ultimately spread throughout the horseshoe-shaped apartment complex, according to Battalion Chief Mike McClintock with the Fire Department.
Fire crews initially got inside of the building to evacuate residents and get an offensive attack on the fire, McClintock said. However, the apartment building’s roof collapsed, forcing firefighters to take a defensive attack on the fire.
A total of 15 fire engines responded along with three ladder trucks and the fire was knocked down after about 90 minutes, McClintock said. No surrounding structures or trees were impacted by the fire.
One firefighter was transported to the hospital with a heat-related illness, McClintock said. The firefighter was reported to be recovering as of Tuesday evening.
In total, 54 units were impacted by smoke, water or fire damage, or lost electricity from the incident, McClintock said.
The American Red Cross was on scene to assist displaced residents with temporary housing and food needs.
The fire’s cause is still under investigation, however, McClintock said the fire’s origin “doesn’t appear to be malicious.”
Fire crews remained on scene into the night.