BN Sellers Ave veg fire

An early-season vegetation fire spread to several outbuildings on the 4000 block of Sellers Avenue in Brentwood, Calif., Friday, May 31, 2019. While the fire burned right to the foundation of a residence, firefighters kept the home from becoming engulfed in flames. No injuries were reported. (Tony Kukulich/The Press)

East Contra Costa Fire Protection District representatives estimated late-season rains and relatively mild spring weather would delay the start of fire season until June 1, but a fire Friday afternoon, May 31, in unincorporated Brentwood proved them wrong by about seven hours.

Just before 5 p.m., crews were called to the 4000 block of Sellers Avenue north of the intersection with Sunset Road by reports of a vegetation fire that was threatening structures and a residence. When the first ECCFPD engine arrived, a barn was fully engulfed and fire snaked through tall grass and vegetation, igniting other structures. Fire burned right up to the foundation of the home, but the firefighters’ efforts kept it from going up in flames.

“We made a quick attack” said Fire Marshal Steve Aubert. “The guys from the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District made a great save. They saved the residential structure that was on the property.”

Aubert went on to say that the property had recently changed hands, and the new owners are in the process of renovating the home. The fire burned approximately one acre of vegetation and destroyed a barn and several sheds that Aubert characterized as being in disrepair.

One crew from Cal Fire’s Sunshine Station on Marsh Creek Road joined the ECCFPD crews in an effort to get the wind-driven fire under control. Firefighters remained on scene mopping up hot spots until shortly after 8 p.m.

Aubert said it was unlikely that the cause of the fire would be definitively determined.

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