Antioch: Firefighters Battle 2-Alarm Storage Unit Fire, $150k in Damages


On Monday, Contra Costa County firefighters responded to a report of smoke coming from Antioch Mini Storage facility on Sunset Drive off Hillcrest Avenue.

The blaze broke out at 6:27 pm where units reported heavy black smoke en route several miles away.

Engine 81 arrived on scene and reported a significant amount of smoke and flames showing from 4 storage units and one pickup truck of a large self-storage facility—as the fire spread, a 2nd alarm was requested with units coming from Walnut Creek and Concord along with Brentwood and Oakley.

“The initial fire companies did an outstanding job attacking the fire with large hose lines from the exterior and protecting neighboring storage units and one building,” said Battalian Chief Jim Huntze “The fire was contained to the building of origin within 40 minutes.   4 units were completely destroyed and several units severely damaged from smoke and water.  At least 40 units were saved along with a two story office building.”

The fire damage was estimated at $150,000 while the incident required 40-fire personnel at scene. One firefighter at scene injured his ankle.

According to Huntze, the incident was very labor extensive and several of our District’s resources were committed on scene which made County coverage very challenging.  Fire companies from the cities of Clayton, Concord, and Bay Point were called into cover during this incident.

The fire is currently under investigation by Contra Costa County Fire Investigators