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SAN BERNARDINO: Driver causes gas station fire, flees

Prosecutors will decide whether criminal hit-and-run charges are warranted against a motorist who backed into a fuel pump last night in San Bernardino, igniting a gas station fire that incinerated his car and the pump, police and city fire officials say.

The blaze was reported at 6:16 p.m. Sunday at a Valero gas station near Del Rosa Avenue and Date Place, just south of I-210.

The driver fled after parking the burning car next to the gas station, but fire crews activated an emergency shut-off valve and prevented the flames from spreading to the building. The driver fell in the parking lot, but managed to walk about 1-1/2 miles to his home, said fire department Capt. Jason Serrano.

The man’s relatives later summoned paramedics to their home along the 2100 block of Belle Street to provide medical aid for a gash he suffered on one leg, police Lt. Paul Williams said this morning.

The cost of the damage has not been determined, and the man – in his mid-40s — has not been arrested, Williams said.


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Three San Diego firefighters facing robbery, assault charges

Three San Diego firefighters who allegedly got into a brawl after a night of drinking will be arraigned next week on felony charges of robbery and assault.

Arrested were Capt. Vadid Cisneros, 36; Gregory Econie, 26; and Andrew Brennen, 29.

The three were arrested about 2 a.m. Sunday and have since been released from jail.

The incident allegedly began when the firefighters, after a night of drinking, got into a scuffle with a man in the Normal Heights neighborhood. Minutes later, the man and his brother — both in their mid-40s — confronted the firefighters and a second fight ensued, according to officials.

One of the brothers reported being hit in the head with a rock. The firefighters allegedly took wallets from the two, and Brennen allegedly warned the two not to report the incident to police.

Along with assault and robbery, Brennen has been charged with intimidating a witness to a crime.

Separate from the criminal charges, an investigation is underway by the Fire Department and the city personnel department to determine whether the three should be punished for the off-duty incident.

Until that probe is completed, the three will continue working as firefighters.

However, if the county government opts to invalidate their credentials as emergency medical technicians — credentials required of all firefighters — their employment with the city would be terminated, officials said.

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