Vehicle Crashes in Rialto, CA, Fire Station, Catches Fire

May 17, 2024
The driver was transported to the hospital while the fire station sustained significant damage.

Nelson Espinal

San Bernardino County Sun, Calif.


May 17—Five days after a car crashed into Rialto Fire Department Station 201, officials remained mum on Thursday, May 16, about how response times are affected and where firefighters have been relocated.

The driver of a car crashed into the Rialto Fire Department Station 201 on Willow Avenue on Saturday, May 11, causing significant damage to the building.

The red-tagged building indicates that at least part of it is unsafe to occupy.

Despite multiple calls to fire and city personnel, no specific information regarding the firefighters' location has been provided. Additionally, it is unclear what Rialto Fire's plans are for the building and how response times have been affected since the crash.

There are still fire personnel in administrative offices. Early in the week, Rialto police Sgt. Richard Royce said fire personnel at that station were sent to the other locations.

The only information provided by the fire department was a statement published on social media platforms.

"Despite the damage, we want to assure the community that all fire and EMS operations will continue without interruption," the Rialto Fire Department said on social media. "The affected crew from Station 201 will be temporarily relocated, but all resources remain fully staffed and operational."


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