Elderly transient injured in brush fire; three hurt in related crash

SAN DIMAS — A 66-year-old transient sustained burns to 15 percent of her body when a campfire started a brush fire Wednesday night, officials said.
Two deputies and a driver were also injured when a patrol car heading to the fire collided with a van.
The fire broke out at 8:24 p.m. in an area southeast of San Dimas Avenue and Puddingstone Drive.
Eddie Pickett, a Los Angeles County Fire supervising dispatcher, said 25 firefighters knocked down the blaze at 8:43 p.m.
Firefighters estimated it burned about 200 feet of brush.
Deputies couldn’t confirm reports that an explosion was heard before the fire.
Sheriff’s Lt. Andy Berg said the 66-year-old woman was taken to a hospital.
The crash happened within minutes of the fire being reported.
A van heading east on Arrow Highway pulled over to yield to a fire truck.
The driver, a 54-year-old woman, also saw two patrol cars with their lights and sirens pass, according to Berg. The deputies went from westbound Arrow Highway to southbound San Dimas Avenue.
Berg said all other traffic was stopped. The van proceeded through the intersection and collided with a patrol car.
He said the van’s driver injured her left wrist, the deputy driving the patrol car complained of pain to her wrist and the deputy sitting in the front passenger seat complained of neck and back pain. All three were taken to hospital.
The deputies were expected to be released later from the hospital.
– From Staff Writer Ruby Gonzales

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