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Fire breaks out at Hesperia home

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A Hesperia home was destroyed Monday morning when a fire broke out in the garage and spread to the attic, according to San Bernardino County Fire officials.

Firefighters were able to contain the blaze to the garage and the attic, although it appeared portions of the living room may have been affected and the roof collapsed into the garage.

The fire was reported at a home on the corner of Cottonwood Avenue and Willow Street at about 10:15 a.m., Battalion Chief Chris Norton said.

No one was at home at the time the fire broke out, Norton said, adding the woman who lived there was at the gym. The woman’s estranged husband came by a short time later to find the home ablaze.

According to witnesses, the couple began to argue and yell at each other as firefighters worked on extinguishing the fire and they had to be kept separate.

Officials shut down Cottonwood Avenue between Cashew and Live Oak streets.

Hesperia Code Enforcement officials were called to the home to see if it was inhabitable.

The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Beatriz E. Valenzuela may be reached at 951-6276 or at BValenzuela@VVDailyPress.com.


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