Bethel Island Trailer Fire Deemed Suspicious, Sheriffs Office Investigating


At 9:24 am Saturday, the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District was dispatched to a report of a vehicle fire in the 2100 block of Taylor Road on Bethel Island.

At the time of the call, Engine 53 was on a medical call on Dutch Slough Road in the City of Oakley and immediately responded to the fire. While responding, with a large column of smoke in the air, the captain called for a full response.

According to Battalion Chief Jake Gonzalez, Engine 53 arrived on scene by 9:33 am with Engine 59 (Discovery Bay) arriving by 9:46 am and Engine 52 (Brentwood) arriving by 9:46 am.

Engine 53, since they were on a medical, arrived to the scene without a water tender and only had the water on the engine until additional units arrived. They located both a fully involved trailer along with an outbuilding on fire.

Engine 53 was able to make a good knock down on the fire until additional units arrived on scene and could provide water. No other structures were threatened and there was no threat of a vegetation fire breaking out.

Crews were on scene for nearly 2-hours.

According to Gonzalez, the fire was deemed suspicious in nature and the Contra Costa County Sheriffs Office was looking for the individuals involved who reportedly walked away from the property at the time of the fire.

At the time of the fire, it was reported that an argument had occurred between two individuals just before the fire had started. One man was walking away who had appeared angry. Crews also arrived on scene to locate a gas can and lighter near the fire.