Contra Costa County Fire Protection District responded to two suspicious structure fires Thursday night just minutes apart in the City of Antioch.
The first fire, a two-alarm response, was dispatched at 9:56 pm in the 19 block of W. Madill St off A Street. Firefighters arrived on scene to locate a fire at a vacant home which also was between two homes with smoke and flames showing.
The fire ultimately impacted three-homes, two of them being vacant.
A few minutes later, at 10:01 pm, another fire broke out in the 1200 block of A Street near W. 10th. Fire crews arrived to a fully involved commercial structure fire. This same building caught fire on Oct. 2, 2017 and in June.
East Contra Costa County Fire also assisted with aid on this call due to the two-alarm fire at the W. Madill location.
According to Battalion Chief Eddie Gonzalez both fires were suspicious and likely arson, but they were still investigating to determine the final cause. He noted that on the A Street fire, there may have been an accelerate inside the building because of how quickly the fire grew with flames shooting out of the roof and no one reporting it sooner with so many vehicles driving by. He added that the fire was still under investigation so it could not be confirmed as of Thursday night.
In total, six separate structures were impacted.
Earlier this week, Antioch was hit with two other suspicious fires. On Sunday, a church caught on fire on Lone Tree Way at Walton. Early Monday morning, a florist shop on A Street was destroyed in a suspicious fire.
No further information was been released.