"Fire crews were busy this weekend with fires and rescues throughout the Fire District. The information that follows demonstrates the unique ability of the fire district to respond to multiple incidents, including fires and technical rescues while also using the cooperation of automatic and mutual aid to successfully mitigate these events.
1. The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District and Cal Fire crews responded to a fire in a two story home in the 300 block of Blue Oak Lane in Clayton at approximately 4:00pm on Saturday, October 13th. The first arriving crew found heavy fire involvement in the garage with fire extension into the second floor and attic area and requested a second alarm. The occupants had exited the house prior to our arrival.
2. A total of 28 firefighters from seven engines, one ladder truck, three Battalion Chiefs, and a Safety Officer were able to bring the fire under control within 30 minutes of their arrival. Since there is only one fire station located in Clayton, additional fire crews responded from Concord, Walnut Creek and the Cal Fire station on Marsh Creek Road. During fire operations two cats were located and returned to the residents. The home sustained heavy damage in the garage and the rooms above the garage. Damage was estimated at $200,000. The cause of the fire was a car fire that started inside the garage and extended to the structure. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.
3. At 6:16pm on Saturday, October 13th crews from the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District responded to a report of an outbuilding on fire behind the home located at 417 San Joaquin Ave. in Antioch. The first arriving fire crew reported smoke and flames from 2 blocks away. Upon arrival, Engine 81 from downtown Antioch began fire suppression efforts on a shed in the backyard. Additional crews arrived on scene and assisted with fire extinguishment and salvage efforts. The fire did extend to the home next door at 501 San Joaquin Ave. causing moderate damage to that structure. Crews were able to contain the fire spread to just the one neighboring home. Crews addressed the exposure and remained on scene for salvage and overhaul. The incident was successfully mitigated and returned to the property owner. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Contra Costa County Fire Investigation Unit.
Engines from Antioch and Pittsburg responded with a total of 15 firefighters from four engines, one ladder truck, along with two Battalion Chiefs.
4. At 8:46am on Sunday October 14th crews from the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District responded to a report of a structure fire in an abandoned home at 2107 Dogwood Way in Antioch. The first arriving fire crew reported smoke showing from a single story duplex. Upon arrival, Engine 81 from downtown Antioch began fire suppression efforts on a small bedroom fire near the back of the home. Additional crews arrived on scene and assisted with fire extinguishment and salvage efforts. The fire was contained to the unit of origin, causing minor damage to the home. Antioch PD was present, but was unable to find a responsible party. According to Antioch PD this house has been abandoned for some time. A salvage company was called to board up the fire damaged home. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
Fire apparatus from Antioch and Pittsburg responded with a total of 15 firefighters from three engines, one ladder truck, along with two Battalion Chiefs.
5. On Sunday, October 14th at 4:55pm, Contra Costa County Fire District Engine and Rescue 69 from El Sobrante responded with assistance from Richmond Fire Department Engine 63 to a reported vehicle rollover in an off-road area northwest of Kennedy Grove Regional Park. Due to the nature of the call a rescue helicopter from the California Highway Patrol was requested. Firefighters utilized 4WD rescue vehicles to access the site of the accident. Upon arrival at the crash site firefighter-paramedics and ambulance crews hiked up a steep hillside to provide emergency medical care to three patients who were ejected from the vehicle that had rolled over off a steep trail. The CHP helicopter assisted by hoisting two patients off the hill with their winch and rescue litters. The two more seriously injured patients were evacuated off the hill to an area where an awaiting medical helicopter transported them to a trauma center.
6. The remaining patient was evacuated by 4WD vehicle to a ground ambulance. A total of 6 Firefighters and 2 Chief Officers responded to this incident. This incident occurred while 4 Engines, 1 Truck, and 2 Battalion Chiefs were committed to a working residential structure fire in Central Richmond. The incident highlights not only the technical rescue abilities of the Fire District and our allied partners, including the CHP, as well as the resiliency of the cooperation between all the West County fire agencies who simultaneously handled this incident and a working structure fire. “