Garden Hoses Aren't Enough—Fire Lights Up RSM Neighborhood

Blaze damages a Rancho Cielo home in Rancho Santa Margarita. When firefighters arrive, residents are upstairs inside the structure, trying to extinguish the flames with garden hoses.

A residential fire in Rancho Cielo broke open the cold evening sky Tuesday as residents tried to put out a second-story blaze with garden hoses—from inside the house.

When Orange County Fire Authority personnel rolled into the neighborhood, heavy smoke was billowing from the two-story home and flames were visible from the street.

Inside, residents armed with garden hoses stood on the second floor, trying to contain the damage to the burning bedroom.

Firefighters removed the residents and extinguished the blaze in about 15 minutes as a crowd of 40 to 50 neighbors watched.

“The fire was contained to one bedroom with heavy smoke damage throughout the second floor,” said Marc Stone, spokesman for the OCFA. There were no injuries to firefighters or residents, he said.

The fire was reported at 7:30 p.m. at 32055 Camino del Cielo.

As of 9:30 p.m., the cause wasn't known, Stone said.

Mike Proctor February 08, 2012 at 04:42 PM
That is one of my worst nightmares. I'm glad that no one was hurt, and the house wasn't a total loss. Good luck to the homeowners.
Martin Henderson February 09, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Too bad you weren't there with your camera, Mike. If anyone has photos of the blaze, feel free to post. The photos supplied by the OCFA were taken with an iPhone. Did anyone actually get photos of the blaze?


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