The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District has provided updated in three recent fires within the city of Antioch over the past week.
July 25 – Fatal Fire on Serpentine Drive
At 8:06 pm Monday, the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District responded to a report of a house on fire on Serpentine Drive where they located heavy smoke and flames coming from the garage area of the home. Crews were made aware that a male had run back into the home and attempted a rescue. However, the male was later found deceased in the garage area. They also located three deceased dogs.
CONFIRE says the investigation has confirmed the fire originated in the garage where the lone victim was found. The fire has been determined NOT to be suspicious in nature. Investigators have not been able to rule out the possibility that smoking materials may have started the fire but investigation continues.
July 20 – House fire on Camby Road
On July 20 at approximently 12:30 pm, the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District were dispatched to a report of smoke coming from a home in the 2900 block of Camby Road in the City of Antioch. (video)
While responding, CONFIRE crews observed smoke and declared this a working structure fire. It was reported that crews were inside the home doing work when the fire broke out. The home was previously a “grow house” and crews were urged to use caution for electrical due to possible bad wiring on the home.
CONFIRE says this was a residential structure fire in a house under renovation that was previously a marijuana grow house. Contractors were working inside, a fire originated in the attic space directly above the upstairs bathroom toilet. In the attic space is a significant amount of questionable wiring from the grow operation. The fire was determined to be unintentional by investigators.
July 19 – Commercial Structure fire on Sunset Lane
At 5:25 pm Tuesday, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District firefighters were dispatched to an office building in the area of Lone Tree Way and Sunset Lane for a report of a building on fire in the City of Antioch. While responding, crews observed a large column of smoke and upon arrival, located heavy flames coming from an office building which was extending to the exterior of a neighboring home.
By 6:04 pm, all firefighters were pulled from the building due to a roof that was starting to sink and flames coming from the building–it became a major safety issue. Fire crews were ordered by the Battalion Chief to move into defensive fire attack and were to begin using a deck gun to battle the fire. The fire was contained to the building of origin.
CONFIRE says an exterior fire that extended into the commercial structure. The area of origin was determined by inestigators to be near the vegetation at a corner of the building. The area, and neighborhood, are frequented by homeless but no competent ignition sources were located in the area. Human cause has not been ruled out though the fire remains under investigation.