East Contra Costa Fire Protection District made a nice save this morning at La Fuente Mexican Restaurant in Brentwood after there were reports of a fire at 8:44 am.
The one-alarm fire began as a stove fire causing smoke damage with smoke spreading throughout its vents. The fire was out by 8:59 am as crews inspected the rest of the building for additional danger. No one was injured in the incident.
La Fuente is likely to remain closed for the rest of the day as a building inspector will investigate later today. No word on how long they will be closed. Crews from Oakley and Discovery Bay were also on scene with CalFire having to move up to cover Oakley.
La Fuente is open as of Monday afternoon, serving out of one kitchen out of the Blue Iguana Bar with both bars and seating at full service. It’s business as usual with a little longer wait.
Grant Probably Saved the Building:
It’s important to remember that ECCFPD is currently operating on a 5-station service model thanks in part to the grant Jim Mathers wrote last year and the District submission of that grant. The grant enabled the District to re-open Station 54 on May 1 and Knightsen’s station back in November. A month later, that opening likely saved La Fuente as the station is about 100-yards away.
Had Station 54 been closed, Station 52 would have been the first station to the scene which who knows what a few extra minutes could have done to this stove fire.
Kudos to all crews involved on this magnificent save.
Here are some photographs of the event: