May 24--SAN BERNARDINO -- A firefighter narrowly avoided falling 10 feet into a basement while fighting a blaze Friday night, authorities said in a written statement.
Firefighters were battling heavy smoke and fire in a two-story house on the 1200 block of Laurelwood Drive at about 10 p.m. when the firefighter narrowly avoided stepping into the 3-foot-by-4-foot hole that dropped 10 feet into the basement, according to the statement.
The fire was extinguished in about 25 minutes, after causing an estimated $150,000 in property damage and saving an additional $250,000 in property, firefighters say.
The cause is unknown, but arson investigators were still on scene early Saturday.
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