Discarded Cigarette Blamed in Jurupa Valley Blaze
JURUPA VALLEY, Calif. (KTLA) — A vegetation fire likely sparked by a discarded cigarette burned two homes and destroyed several vehicles on Thursday.
Riverside County Firefighters responded to the fire at Van Buren Boulevard and Jurupa Road about 8:30 a.m.
Two residential homes burned and two others were damaged, while five outbuildings, 10 vehicles and a boat were also involved in the fire, according to officials.
Investigators believe the blaze, which began in the center divider of Van Buren Blvd., was sparked by a discarded cigarette.
It jumped across two lanes into an open field, driven by winds, fire officials said.
The fire reportedly scorched 12-acres before being contained about noon.
Students at Van Buren Elementary were evacuated to Mira Loma Middle School. A Chevron gas station at Van Buren and Jurupa was also evacuated.