At 2:44 am Friday, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District responded to a report of a fire at a church in the 300 block of Central Avenue in the City of Pittsburg.
According to firefighters, they arrived to smoke and flames showing and requested a second alarm response.
While responding, CONFIRE firefighters report a patrial roof collapse and had other access issues on the second and third floors of the building.
By 3:48 am, CONFIRE reported that due to poor conditions, roof collapse, crews had to go completely defensive on the fire and would be committed for several hours. The fire was also causing drift smoke to set-off nearby fire alarms.
At 80-minutes, fire crews were still defensive fire attack.
As of 7:00 am, crews were still on scene.
The fire occurred at The Pentecostals and preliminary reports from CONFIRE is that it extended to 1/3 of the building
11:00 am Update per Pittsburg PD
Pentecostals of the Bay Area Church Burns:
Early this morning, just after 02:30 A.M., Pittsburg Police Officers responded to the Pentecostals of the Bay Area Church for an alarm activation. When Officers arrived at the church, they checked the building and found the exterior was secure and no signs of forced entry were located. While officers were checking the building, they could see and smell smoke that appeared to be emitting from the second floor of the building.
Contra Costa Fire was notified, and Fire personnel quickly responded to the church. As Fire personnel went inside and began to search the church for signs of fire and any persons that may be inside, a portion of the 2nd floor gave way. Shortly after, flames erupted from inside the building forcing Fire personnel to exit the building and begin defensive operations from the exterior by spraying water on the fire.
At this time, we do not have any indication that anyone was inside the building when the fire broke out. Fire crews are still relentlessly battling the fire and have been unable to reenter the building to investigate the cause or source of the fire.
Contra Costa Fire personnel and the Pittsburg Police Department are working collaboratively on this investigation and will provide any updates that become available.
Photo by Contra Costa County Fire Protection District