Office fire will not disrupt access to services, San Bernardino County officials say – San Bernardino Sun

A fire at a San Bernardino County government building on Sunday morning will have little direct impact on the general public, officials said.

The three-alarm fire engulfed the fourth floor of a six-story building housing three county agencies at 172 W. Third Street in San Bernardino on Sunday, June 19. About 110 firefighters from San Bernardino, Colton, Chino, Highland, Redlands and Rialto battled the blaze.

The building houses San Bernardino County Code Enforcement, Public Health, and the Civil Grand Jury.

The public does not have access to services in the building on Third Street. But the public gets a pet license next door at 351 N. Mountain View Ave.

  • Heavy fire damage is seen inside and outside the building housing San Bernardino County Code Enforcement, Public Health and the Civilian Grand Jury in downtown San Bernardino on Monday, June 20 2022. A three-alarm fire engulfed the fourth story of a six-story building housing three San Bernardino County agencies on 3rd Street in San Bernardino on Sunday morning. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Extensive fire damage was observed inside and outside the building...

    Heavy fire damage is seen inside and outside the building housing San Bernardino County Code Enforcement, Public Health and the Civil Grand Jury in downtown San Bernardino on Monday, June 20 2022. A three-alarm fire engulfed the fourth story of a six-story building housing three San Bernardino County agencies on 3rd Street in San Bernardino on Sunday morning. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Extensive fire damage was observed inside and outside the building...

    Heavy fire damage is seen inside and outside the building housing San Bernardino County Code Enforcement, Public Health and the Civilian Grand Jury in downtown San Bernardino on Monday, June 20 2022. A three-alarm fire engulfed the fourth story of a six-story building housing three San Bernardino County agencies on 3rd Street in San Bernardino on Sunday morning. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Extensive fire damage was observed inside and outside the building...

    Heavy fire damage is seen inside and outside the building housing offices for San Bernardino County Code Enforcement, Public Health and the Civil Grand Jury in downtown San Bernardino on Monday, June 20, 2022. A three-alarm fire engulfed the fourth floor of the six-story building on Third Street on Sunday morning. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

“These services will be temporarily transferred to Environmental Health Services on the second floor of the County Government Center at 385 N. Arrowhead Ave.” County spokesman David Wert wrote in an email Monday. “We will have signs and staff to redirect people seeking animal licenses.”

Meanwhile, the county is developing a plan for employees who work in the Third Street building, which will include temporary local offices and telecommuting from home.

On Monday morning, the top three floors of the building appeared badly damaged by smoke and fire, with all windows shattered, as well as several on the second floor. Few people were expected to work in the building on Monday, as the county recently declared Juneteenth a holiday for county employees.

According to firefighters on Sunday, the flames had scorched the fourth floor, hot smoke had blackened the upper two floors and the water used to douse the flames had soaked the floor below. The building was deemed uninhabitable.

No one was injured in the blaze, officials said, and the cause of the blaze was still under investigation as of Monday.

Lucas E. Kelly