San Bernardino Residents Evacuated as Wildfire Spreads

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A small but fast-moving brush fire that broke out Saturday afternoon on a Southern California hillside burned five homes and injured three people.

A small but fast-moving brush fire that broke out Saturday afternoon on a Southern California hillside burned five homes and injured three people.

The fire broke out in northern San Bernardino and quickly spread to about 10 acres before firefighters got a handle on the blaze, a spokesman for the San Bernardino County Fire Department said.

Four hilltop homes were destroyed — one had only a swimming pool remaining after being burned to its foundation, County Fire Engineer Jeff Allen said. A fifth house sustained serious damage on the inside.

Authorities evacuated residents in the four blocks closest to the fire, Capt. Jeremy Kern said.

Two firefighters and a civilian were treated for smoke inhalation or heat exhaustion.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

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