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Riverside cell tower fire results in $40,000 in damaged equipment

By in Press Enterprise on October 31, 2017

By Beatriz E. Valenzuela

A fire in a Riverside cell phone tower’s equipment room caused about $40,000 in damage Monday night, Riverside Fire officials said Tuesday.

Just after 7 p.m., firefighters were called to the Arlington Motor Inn at 6843 Arlington Ave. for reports of a fire at the motel, according to a press release.

Anticipating the possibility of several fire injuries to guests, authorities asked for additional firefighters and three ambulances, the statement said. However, when they arrived, they soon learned the fire was not at the inn itself for in a cell tower equipment room behind the motel, officials said.

“Riverside City firefighters were able to quickly knock down the flames using dry chemical extinguishers,” the press release said. Firefighters were able to keep the fire to the equipment room and didn’t damage the motel.

A representative from the towers management company estimated the damage at about $40,000, officials said. It wasn’t clear of the damage may have knocked out cell phone service in the area.

No one was hurt during the fire. The cause is under investigation.

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