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Riverside homeowner fined for illegal fireworks after 3-acre brush fire

By in Press Enterprise on June 17, 2017

By City News Service

A third-alarm fire that charred three acres in a rural area of west Riverside and threatened multiple properties was under investigation today though authorities said fireworks were found in the burned vegetation.

A homeowner was later fined for having illegal fireworks, fire officials said.

The blaze was reported just before 4 p.m. at 7355 Graylock Avenue, near Lenox Avenue, in an area known as Alessandro Heights and was knocked down within an hour by 29 firefighters, according to the Riverside Fire Department.

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Officials said 15 homes were threatened in the first minutes of the blaze, but crews were deployed for structure protection and prevented the flames from reaching the residences, none of which were damaged, Deputy Chief LaWayne Hearn told City News Service.

Firefighters made an “aggressive attack” on the fire in 100-degree heat to slow down the fire, according to Riverside Fire Battalion Chief Jeff DeLaurie.

“Several homeowners in the area had cleared vegetation from around their homes creating excellent defensible space that aided firefighters in stopping the blaze,” DeLaurie said.

A homeowner was given a $1,000 citation for having illegal fireworks after several were found in the burned vegetation, according to DeLaurie.

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