East Contra Costa Fire Protection District had a nice save yesterday in preventing a chimney fire from taking out an entire house as they contained the fire pretty quickly leaving one side of the house damaged The fire occurred around 12:45 at the end of W. Bolton Road in Oakley. Four engines were on scene pretty quickly while the 5th engine made it pretty late in the game–I’d say about 40-45 minutes as an estimate. What was also nice was the firefighters saved a vineyard from burning.
I will stress this again, we had four-engines (one from Antioch) on scene leaving the rest of our district with little to no coverage during the time of this fire. All it takes is a second incident of similar or greater status to highlight the need for more resources and additional stations opened.
Kudos to Bill Bower for the heads up so I could make it down there in time to snap some shots.