HESPERIA (CBSLA.com) — Two adults and 10 children were displaced Tuesday after a fire destroyed their San Bernardino County home.
The fire was reported at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the 18100 block of Wisteria Street in Hesperia, according to the San Bernardino County Fire Department.
More than 20 firefighters found the back of a single-story on on fire when they arrived on scene.
The fire later caused a large section of the roof to collapse.
“With well over half of the structure violently burning, firefighters were forced into a defensive attack mode ultimately bringing the fire under control in fifty minutes,” spokesman Eric Sherwin said.
The house was deemed a total loss with damages estimated at $225,000.
“The cause of the fire was determined to be from wood being burned in a zero-clearance fireplace designed for natural gas only,” Sherwin said. “The residents stated they were attempting to heat the house with the fireplace due to a non-functioning heating system when they noticed smoke billowing into the home from the fireplace itself.”
No one was injured in the fire.