At 5:03 pm Sunday, East Contra Costa Fire Protection District crews responded to a residential structure fire on Sandmound Drive in Oakley. Upon arrival, Engine 94 observed a large fire blowing out of the side window of the structure along with power lines on fire.
Engine 94 went defensive to protect nearby structures until additional crews arrived on scene. Upon arrival of Engine 93, both crews went offensive to attack the fire coming from a fully involved garage. When Engine 54 arrived, they entered through the side door to conduct a primary search and checked for extensions into the living area. Engine 52 arrived and immediately were stationed in the rear of the structure where they extinguished a vehicle and exterior fire.
According to ECCFPD, the fire was limited to two garages where all contents were destroyed. There was also heavy smoke damage to the living area of the home. There was also exposure damage to a neighboring home.
The fire caused an estimated $150,000 in damages with no injuries. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
- Given the close proximity to neighboring structures, crews did an amazing job in limiting this fire to the house of origin.
- It should also be noted that due to multiple other fires in Antioch, Engine 52 and Engine 93 were called for an assist to CONFIRE but were both cancelled. Engine 52 was responding to a vegetation fire on Wexler Peak Way in Antioch (4:12pm) where CONFIRE was on scene for nearly 2-hours while Engine 93 was called to a kitchen fire on D Street (4:22 pm) where crews were on scene for just over 2-hours. With Engine 93 the second due engine to Sandmound, there is no telling how big this fire may have gotten with assistance coming from over the hill in Concord.
Photo of residential fire with flames courtesy of Robbert Goddard