TYPE OF INCIDENT: Structure Fire
LOCATION: 700 block of W. Bennett Ave.
SUMMARY OF INCIDENT
On 9/8/2018, at about 2310 hours, officers from the Ridgecrest Police Department were dispatched to the report of a structure fire in the 700 block of W. Bennett Ave. As officers arrived on scene, it was reported that there was possibly a female inside and the house was fully engulfed in flames. Officers as well as several citizens attempted to gain access into the residence; however, the smoke and fire inside prevented anyone from going in. Reserve Officer Lloyd ran to the back door of the residence and found that the flames hadn’t reached that side of the residence. Reserve Officer Lloyd and Jorge Toral, an outstanding Ridgecrest resident, were able to gain entry into the residence. Once the door was open, Reserve Officer Lloyd could see a large dog that was unresponsive, laying inside, near the back door. Reserve Officer Lloyd and Toral worked together, despite the intense heat and smoke, to remove the animal from the burning building. The animal was carried across the street and medical attention was provided to him. While the animal rescue was taking place, officers learned that the occupants of the residence were not inside. During the incident, we learned that the dog’s name was Max. Although initially unresponsive, we were able to get Max breathing on his own. He made a full recovery and was up and walking around before officers cleared the scene.
Kern County and China Lake Firefighters responded to the scene and were able to extinguish the fire quickly before it was able to seriously damage nearby homes. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
The Ridgecrest Police Department would like to thank Ted Olson, Jorge Toral, and the other members of the community that assisted in this incident. We would also like to take the opportunity to remind everyone that structure fires are extremely dangerous. Due to the rapidly evolving situation, fires are often unpredictable and can trap would be rescuers inside. Firefighters have special equipment and are trained to handle those situations. More often than not the best thing to do is to stay a safe distance from the scene.
Jed McLaughlin, Chief of Police
PREPARED BY: Sergeant Bill Groves