UPDATE: Person Suffers Smoke Inhalation in Lake Elsinore Fire

The fire broke out shortly after 3 p.m. Sunday in the area of Palomar and Corydon streets.

Update 8:17 p.m.:

One person suffered smoke inhalation in a fire that destroyed a garage and three vehicles inside it and partly damaged a home in Lake Elsinore, Cal Fire officials said.

The roof of the garage collapsed.

Loss was estimated at $150,000.


Update 4:33 p.m.:

The fire in the two-story, single-family home was reported at 3:23 p.m. in the 32400 block of Somerset Drive, Cal Fire officials said.

One person -- not a firefighter -- was taken by ambulance from the scene but the nature of the injuries was unclear.

Neighbor Sean Kurtz told Patch he was just leaving the house with his children when he saw his neighbor trying to put out the fire with a garden hose.

"He looked shocked and panicked and scared all at the same time," Kurtz told Patch at the scene.

"I hooked up my garden hose and tried to keep it cool on my side of the garage and that's when it really began to take off."

Kurtz said firefighters showed up soon after that and made quick work of the blaze.

"It gets your adrenaline flowing," Kurtz said of the fire.

"It's amazing how much heat comes off the fire," said Kurtz, who just recently moved from Wildomar. 


A fire on Sunday engulfed a home in Lake Elsinore but there was not immediate information on possible injuries.

The fire broke out shortly after 3 p.m. Sunday in the area of Palomar and Corydon streets.



-- Daniel Lane Contributed to this report.

Teller of Truth September 17, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Well I certainly hope that the poor unfortunate person that suffered the smoke inhalation is alright & seeking out the care that he needs. Get well soon buddy!
The truth be told September 17, 2012 at 11:25 PM
What about the 6 people that were inside that house. Did anyone check those people out, no. There was even a four year old that lived in that house and was there during all of this. I am one of the daughters who lived inside that house and more people are concerned about the person down the street then the 6 people inside of the house. No dostespect against this person i apologize and hope they are okay but not one firefighter or policeman asked any of us if we were okay and two of us had no shoes and no socks on. I am very disappointed in how this unfortunate even turned out. On a different note I would like to thank all of my neighbors for the support, love, and prayers we have received. And a big thank you to god for allowing all 6 of us to get out if that house before things turned for the worse.
Teller of Truth September 17, 2012 at 11:29 PM
So Amanda, how did this fire start?
The truth be told September 17, 2012 at 11:42 PM
It really is none of your business, but it was none of our faults. Not one of us did anything to start this fire of that's what your getting at.
Christi September 18, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Yes the smoke inhalation victim is fine. She is my daughter and tried to help anyone she ran into. If she had seen that any of the family from the needed help she would have been there. I had to seek help when my daughter started coughing uncontrolaby. I also get the Paramedics to my daughters car that had the next door neighbor sitting in it with the AC running so she had fresh air, she is an asthmatic. My daughter also worked hard to get her to leave her house, the neighbor. And kept checking on the husband, trying to get him to the car too, so she would stay in the car. I stayed and continued watch over the neighbors as my daughter was transported. I also would have been on top of things to help others. I did see someone with those who were in the house, I would have gone further if I didn't know they were getting help. My daughter saw the fire start and made sure 911 was called and then did what she could to help those she saw. She is not a first responder but knows what needs to be done. I am sorry I didn't see those who came from the house. I would have been there for them. So sorry for your loss
TheVolunteer September 18, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Hey, you guys. I just wanted to say that I have been going through some stuff in my life lately and I prayed about it in church yesterday. Right before I was to go to bed, I got the call to respond to your house. I was touched by the genuine love you guys have for each other and the strength you were all showing. I am glad everyone is all right and I hope the accommodations were ok. So in a sense, you guys were the answer to my prayers. Helping you, helped me. Remember, Strengthening and preparation is what you can take away from this and I am sure you will all be ok. Remember what is important in life and I hope you-know-who had her feet looked at. My thoughts and prayers are with you guys and Thanks for being there for me. Love, The guy in the white shirt and the black truck... God bless you guys...
Constant Comment September 18, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Oh looks like they pulled Amandas comment...I wonder why? I'm sure the Fire Dept will figure out what had happened. They're really good at that! }~)
Mark September 18, 2012 at 05:30 AM
WOW, very touching, made me cry.
Christi September 18, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Thank you guy in the black truck.
Teller of Truth September 18, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Just a simple question.....but your overly defensive reply sure makes it all seem a little suspicious now.....
nicole September 18, 2012 at 09:53 PM
thank you for being there for my family and i it means a lot to all of us
Constant Comment September 18, 2012 at 10:27 PM
So Nicole, what happened....how did this start? Maybe some of the readers here can learn something that maybe they weren't aware of. Maybe theres a lesson you should share? }~)
Christi September 18, 2012 at 11:02 PM
If you want answeres to the cause you can check Cal fires web site. I think the family is a littles busy. Just check Cal fire riverside incidents. I agree, knowledge is always helpful.
TheVolunteer September 19, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Nope, I don't go to bed that early. The agency I volunteer for did not get the call to assist until 9:30 pm. I even growled before I had to go, not knowing how important it was for me and them... Always glad to help.though...


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