The East Contra Costa Fire Protection District received the report of a fence fire near Destiny Christian Center on O’Hara Avenue shortly after 4 p.m. Since the fire station is located only a block away, firefighters were able to see the rising smoke and initiated a full structure response, according to Interim Fire Chief Hugh Henderson.
The fire was under control by 4:52 p.m., and while the church’s main sanctuary sustained only smoke and water damage due to the quick action of firefighters, the neighboring classroom/daycare area sustained substantial fire damage, as its north wall was closest to the initial blaze.
A man was found lying between the fence and the church and was treated on site before being transported to Sutter Delta Medical Center in Antioch. There was no update on his status at press time.
Henderson said the source of the fire is unknown, but the incident is under investigation.
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