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Home ‘Engulfed’ By Growing Brush Fire In San Bernardino

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SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA.com) — A small but growing brush fire is reported in San Bernardino Saturday evening with one home “fully engulfed” and others threatened.

Officials say the fire, located near the 500 block of Rose Lane, near Twin Peaks, started at around 9:15.

The fire has reached a second alarm.

Authorities say two structures are involved with a 3rd in danger. They report the second home is “fully engulfed.” The first home is “under control” with no more fire damage expected.

Officials said structures and vegetation were on fire.

The fire was about a quarter of an acre in size, as of 10 p.m. Saturday.

There were no reports of injuries.

CBS2 and KCAL9 reporter Amanda Burden reporting for the KCAL9 News at 10 p.m. Saturday arrived at the scene where some voluntary evacuations were underway.

Earlier, she spoke to a homeowner who watched an afternoon fire near the 210 Freeway.

At one point, flames came perilously close to Charles Wells’ home.  “I just knelt down and asked the Lord, ‘Don’t let my house burn.'”

He told Burden he was a bit worried he would lose everything. “That threat, of a fire taking everything…it’s scary.”

The fire, which broke out near where the 210 and 215 Freeways intersect, was captured on Wells’ home security camera.

The video shows the fire scorching trees on his property as well as Wells making a hasty retreat.

“It happened so quick. The fire started on the north side of the freeway and it was so fast.”

The fire started about 2:30 p.m. and burned approximately five acres.

Firefighters were able to knock the fire down in about 20 minutes.

No structures were lost in the afternoon fire and Wells is glad his home suffered no damage. “I’m very thankful. I’m very thankful.”

Investigators told Burden they believe arson may be to blame.

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