Antioch vegetation fire

A three-acre vegetation fire threatened multiple homes in Antioch, Saturday, June 15, 2019. The three-alarm fire caused minor damage to one home and burned one outbuilding, but no firefighter or civilian injuries were reported. 

Firefighting resources from across East and Central Costa Costa County deployed as a fast-moving vegetation fire went to multiple alarms and threatened homes in Antioch Saturday, June 15.

The fire was first reported at approximately 2:20 p.m.

“Upon our arrival, we did, in fact, have approximately two acres worth of (burning) vegetation that was threatening structures on Hargrove and Trembath in Antioch,” said Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (ConFire) Battalion Chief Bob Atlas. “We went to a second alarm structure fire to protect the structures, and at this time we have minimal damage to one structure, approximately two to three acres of vegetation that has burned and one outbuilding that was damaged.”

Atlas added that moderate temperatures and mild winds helped firefighters, but many of the crews working the incident had also worked a two-alarm vegetation fire in Pittsburg that ignited the roofs of several homes earlier in the day.

“Our folks are getting tired, but they are equal to the task, and we’ll continue to call on resources from other parts of the county,” Atlas said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by ConFire, though residents said fireworks were heard in the area immediately preceding the fire.

The area that burned was a grass field bordered by Hargrove Street, Lipton Street and Trembath Lane. Several towers supporting high-tension lines were in the immediate area and PG&E was called to the incident location, but Atlas said there was no indication that the lines played any role in the fire.

Several residents used garden hoses to wet down fences and yards in an effort to protect their homes.

No firefighter or civilian injuries were reported.

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