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3-acre brush fire damages Riverside home

By in Press Enterprise on June 17, 2017

By Jim Steinberg

Riverside City Firefighters quickly extinguished a brush fire that for a time threatened 15 homes in the Arlington Heights area Friday afternoon, June 16.

The fire began about 5:30 p.m. and because of the danger to houses required a three-alarm response.

Some 32 firefighters responded and corralled the fire so it only minimally damaged the roof of one house, said Batallion Chief Jeff DeLauri.

One of the reasons the three-acre fire didn’t cause more damage was that area residents had done “a wonderful job” with weed abatement and cutting their grass to create a fire barrier between their property and the nearby wildlands, DeLauri said.

Had that not been the case, “it might have been a very different story,” he said.

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