Morning Structure Fire in Big Bear City

North Shore Drive was closed as Big Bear Fire units continued mop-up from the house fire. (Photo courtesy Jo Tunnell)

A single-family home in the 200 block of West North Shore was heavily damaged, and the occupant injured, during a structure fire Tuesday morning.

The fire was reported at 7:25 a.m.  Big Bear Fire units arriving on-scene reported the 600-700 sq. ft. residence was “well-involved” with fire and that there were live power lines down at the scene.  An ambulance was expedited to assist a burn victim at the scene.  Firefighters went into a defensive attack mode on the blaze, with the residences on both sides of the involved structure being threatened.

The active fire on the exterior and interior was knocked down in under twenty minutes, and crews concentrated on extinguishing the remaining fire in the attic area.

Deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department wait to commence their investigation into the cause of the fire that heavily damaged a residence. (Photo courtesy Jo Tunnell)

According to Assistant Fire Marshall Nick Bruinsma, a female occupant of the home was transported by ground ambulance to Bear Valley Community Hospital, but the extent of her injuries, or her condition, was unknown.

North Shore Drive was closed for a time during firefighting operations and was reopened shortly after 11:00 a.m.  CalFire and the US Forest Service were also requested to respond to the incident.  Utilities at the scene were secured by Bear Valley Electric and Southwest Gas after the fire was brought under control.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by Big Bear Fire and San Bernardino County fire officials.