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Update: Discarded Cigarette Likely Cause of Red Caboose Fire

by ECT

An early morning fire has destroyed The Red Caboose Restaurant in the City of Antioch.

The fire broke out at approximately 3:40 am Monday at 210 Fulton Shipyard with fire starting as an exterior fire before making its way up the wall and into the attic.

The fire destroyed the back of the building, the office and kitchen area with water and smoke damage throughout the entire building.

The fire is under investigation by Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.

For The Red Caboose, they had just started to gain traction with visitors after having shut down for COVID-19 and during that two weeks had remodeled and made upgrades to the facility. They also had brought in new menu items and began hosting live entertainment.

The Red Caboose will be closed until further notice. No next steps have been announced.

9:40 am Update

According to Contra Costa County Fire spokesperson Steve Hill, the initial call came in at 3:42 this morning for a structure fire of some sort in the Fulton Shipyard, Antioch. Crews arriving on scene found an active fire burning in the kitchen area. After aggressive attack the fire was knocked down at 4:02 a.m. Crews remained on scene until 6:19 mopping up.

Ten fire apparatus, two battalion chiefs, two ambulances, one fire investigator, Antioch PD, and PG&E all responded to the incident. About 50 people in all. Initial investigation indicates the fire started outside the structure.

Friday Update
Con Fire has completed investigation of Mar. 21 Antioch fire, which caused extensive damage. Most likely cause of fire is a cigarette discarded in an outside planter. Nothing suspicious noted, investigation now complete.

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Charles Bangwiner Mar 21, 2022 - 10:11 am

Started outside the building you say? I bet it was started by the stray cats out there. They’re always losing control of their campfires.

Concerned that Riverfront Sweets is next Mar 24, 2022 - 9:58 am

Any update on the investigation?

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