A Riverside house was heavily damaged and the resident injured Friday by a fire triggered by failure of electrical components.
The blaze was reported about 12:30 a.m. in the 6800 block of Mendocino Drive, near Crest Avenue, according to the Riverside Fire Department.
Battalion Chief Garrett Coryell said that five engine crews and a truck company, numbering about 20 personnel, were sent to the location and encountered flames “coming from multiple sides of the structure.”
Coryell said that the sole occupant escaped from the single-story residence but suffered unspecified minor injuries.
He was treated at the scene by paramedics but did not require hospitalization.
Firefighters got the blaze under control 30 minutes later, Coryell said.
Along with half of the house, a car parked in the driveway was destroyed, according to the fire department.
Officials estimated the aggregate damage to be $250,000.
After examining the interior of the home, firefighters identified the likely source of the blaze as a faulty heater.