As the sun set behind Mount Woodson for the day, steady rain began falling across the rural community of Ramona. At 7:36pm CAL FIRE/Ramona Fire Department received a report of a structure fire in the 15000 block of Rosemont Lane in Ramona. As responding engine companies approached the residence firefighters were alerted to the familiar smell of burning materials. Medic Engine 7812 arrived first, the company officer reported a single story fifteen hundred square foot residential structure well involved. Neighbors and onlookers braved the wet weather as they gathered in the street, cold and wet they closely watched as firefighters aggressively attacked the fire while others began salvaging critical tools required for the owner’s livelihood. The owner of the home was extremely thankful his family was not inside the residence when the fire occurred. Due to the involvement of the structure and heavy fire loading in the garage and workshop, the incident required a complete first alarm assignment taking firefighters approximately 45 minutes to extinguish the blaze. Firefighters remained on scene for several hours overhauling the structure.
According to the United States Fire Administration four hundred-thousand residential fires occurred in 2008 resulting in two thousand seven-hundred and eight deaths. This is an unfortunate reminder of the importance of smoke detectors.