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.

 

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