Much of the fire action started Tuesday. According to a press release from Contra Costa Fire Protection District Fire Marshal Lewis Broschard, crews were dispatched at 4:04 p.m. to a commercial structure fire in the 2100 block of Railroad Avenue in Pittsburg at the Quality Tune Up facility. A disgruntled employee had allegedly thrown gasoline on some equipment in the business and set it on fire.
This fire came just a few minutes after ConFire reported flames in Concord.
Employees controlled the Pittsburg fire with multiple portable extinguishers, and firefighters were released shortly thereafter. The investigation of the incident is ongoing.
As firefighters were taming the Pittsburg fire, they received a report of blazes on the 5100 block of Sundance Court in Antioch. The first engine discovered heavy fire involvement in the back bedroom of the home’s second floor. Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control within 15 minutes.
No one was home at the time of the fire and no civilians were injured. One firefighter suffered second-degree burns on his hand. He was treated at a local hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
Roughly two hours later, ConFire responded to a house fire call in Clayton that caused roughly $150,000 in damage.
“Each structure fire response includes at least five fire units with three firefighters each and two chief officers for command and control purposes,” wrote Broschard. “When we receive multiple structure fires in a short period of time, it can tax the system and create stress on the remaining emergency response needs of our community.”
There was a fire-free break until roughly 3 a.m. Wednesday, when Antioch fire engines were called out to help the East Contra Costa Fire District in a two-alarm residential fire on Bethel Island. Two homes were burned to the ground and a third was nearly destroyed.
“When we got there, the first two houses were completely involved and starting to fall apart,” said East Contra Costa Fire Protection District Fire Chief Hugh Henderson. “The people in the third house, including a former Bethel Island paid-on-call firefighter, were amazed we saved the house.”
However, while the Bethel Island fire was being contained, local firefighters were also called on to assist rescue efforts in the aftermath of a head-on collision between an SUV and a four-door sedan on Marsh Creek Road near Hoffman Lane at roughly 5 a.m. Wednesday morning. Four East Contra Costa firefighters and three CalFire firefighters responded.
Five people were involved in the accident – two suffered major injuries and three suffered minor injuries. Two medical helicopters were used for transport.
The cause of the collision is still under investigation.