Fire Burns 5 Homes in San Bernardino, Scorches Nearly 9 Acres Before Being 100% Contained

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A vegetation fire in San Bernardino was 100 percent contained Saturday afternoon after burning five homes and nearly 9 acres, officials said.

Homes burned in the area of San Bernardino's Skylark Drive on July 2, 2016. (Credit: Nathan Cooke/Twitter)

Homes burned in the area of San Bernardino's Skylark Drive on July 2, 2016. (Credit: Nathan Cooke/Twitter)

The so-called Kendall Fire started about 1:15 p.m. in the area of Skylark and Edgerton drives, prompting a response by about 120 firefighters from multiple agencies, according to the San Bernardino County Fire Department.

News video showed several hilltop residences engulfed in flames near the Castaway restaurant, generating plumes of black smoke that were visible for miles.

The San Bernardino Police Department ordered mandatory evacuations on Edgerton, west of Pershing Avenue, and on Skylark, said Jeff Allen, a Fire Department spokesman. An evacuation center was established at 3900 Severance Avenue.

Three firefighters sustained minor injuries and a civilian suffered smoke inhalation, county fire officials said.

"Unfortunately, due to the steep slope and rapid rate of spread, four homes were destroyed and one damaged," the Fire Department said in a statement, adding that the blaze's forward progress was halted after it scorched 8.7 acres.

The cause of the incident was not immediately known.