PE.com story: People dealing with aftermath of police pursuit that resulted in fire
Cal Fire estimated the total loss of homes and cars — some nine vehicles were destroyed by flames — at $1.5 million. Property valued at about $5 million was saved, the agency said.
The fire started just after 4 p.m. on a 100-degree day. Riverside County sheriff’s deputies said they had pursued a reported stolen car as it drove “recklessly through parking lots and traveling in oncoming lanes of traffic,” a news release said. Twice, the release said, the driver tried to ram the pursuing marked patrol vehicles.