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Car in Fiery Pursuit Crash Started 46 Fire in Jurupa Valley, Police Say

The 46 Fire burned in Jurupa Valley, where the Hill Fire forced evacuations just hours earlier in Riverside County

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    Pursuit Crash Fire Blamed for Sparking 46 Fire

    Investigators say the origin of a fire that sparked in Jurupa Valley might have been caused when a pursuit ended in a fiery crash. Gene Kang reports for the NBC4 News on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. (Published Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019)

    A car that went up in flames after crashing at the end of a pursuit started the 300-acre brush fire that destroyed three homes and two outbuildings in Jurupa Valley, police confirmed Thursday morning.

    The so-called 46 Fire was reported about 12:40 a.m. in the 5300 block of 46th Street, at the west end of Flabob Airport, and was 15% contained as of mid-afternoon, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

    The fire prompted evacuations which were lifted by Thursday afternoon as firefighters began to get the upper hand on the flames.

    The chase began when Riverside police officers on patrol spotted a stolen vehicle on Van Buren Boulevard, according to Riverside Police Department Officer Ryan Railsback.

    Volunteers Shelter Animals From 46 Fire

    [LA] Volunteers Shelter Animals From 46 Fire

    Volunteers at the Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center worked to protect animals from the 46 Fire. Toni Guinyard reports for Today in LA on Thursday Oct. 31, 2019.

    (Published Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019)

    The pursuit ended when the car jumped a curb and drove into a field across from the Rancho Jurupa Sports Park, at 5249 Crestmore Road.

    Friction from a tire rim sparked flames.

    Dry brush went up in flames in the wind-driven fire. Two men ran from police and were arrested.

    46 Fire Burns Crate and Box Business in Jurupa Valley

    [LA] 46 Fire Burns Crate and Box Business in Jurupa Valley

    The 46 Fire burned homes and at least one business in Jurupa Valley. Toni Guinyard reports for Today in LA on Thursday Oct. 31, 2019.

    (Published Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019)

    Bryan Alexis Anguiano, 23, and Kevin Alonso Hidalgo, 28, were apprehended about 1:15 a.m. in the area of Arlington Avenue and Van Buren Boulevard in Riverside.

    Anguiano was booked into the Robert Presley Jail on suspicion of auto theft, burglary and felony evading. Hidalgo, a convicted felon, was booked into the same facility on suspicion of parole violations.

    A nearby pet adoption center became a shelter for up to 60 dogs and 100 cats.

    Watch: 46 Fire Spreads to Homes in Jurupa Valley

    [LA] Watch: 46 Fire Spreads to Homes in Jurupa Valley

    The 46 Fire burned overnight Thursday Oct. 31, 2019 in the Jurupa Valley area.  

    (Published Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019)

    Two elementary schools, Indian Hills and Peralta, were closed.

    As a result of the blaze, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that he had secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to ensure the availability of resources.

    The 46 Fire started just hours after the 600-acre Hill Fire damaged homes in the same area. All evacuation orders were lifted for the Hill Fire.

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    (Published Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019)

    City News Service contributed to this report.