Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (ConFire) investigators are trying to determine what caused a two-alarm commercial fire in large and mostly vacant single-story structure on the 2400 block of Sycamore Drive in Antioch Wednesday night, April 24.
“We received the call at 11:16 (p.m.),” reported ConFire Fire Prevention Capt. Tracie Dutter. “When our first engine was a couple of blocks out at 11:22, they could see a light column of smoke. We responded with a first alarm assignment initially. Once they got on scene, they realized the fire was in the mansard area above the building – in the attic area – and they called for a second alarm at 11:33.”
The main body of the fire was knocked down by midnight. Crews methodically worked their way through the building, pulling down ceilings and walls to ensure that hot spots were completely extinguished.
ConFire Battalion Chief Bob Atlas stated that crews observed fire burning in a trash dumpster as they arrived on scene. Dutter added that it was too early to say if that’s where the fire started.
“We will be doing a full investigation of this fire,” said Dutter. “At this point in time, we are not sure where the fire started.”
No injuries were reported during the incident.