Just after 11:00 am Friday, the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District responded to a report of a fire coming from an apartment building located in the 30 block of Broderick Drive in the City of Brentwood.
According to the initial dispatch, black smoke was coming from an apartment inside the complex with the Brentwood Police Department officers working to evacuate residents. Upon arrival, firefighters reported both smoke and flames coming from the building with multiple units on fire.
Battalion Chief Craig Auzenne stated the fire was limited to five units in the complex and no injuries to residents or pets as of 11:50 am, however, the investigation was still underway.
“We have a single-story apartment complex with 12 units and six units were effected by either smoke, fire or water and are analyzing the other six units,” said Auzenne. “Currently no one is reported injured, but we originally did have a report of someone possibly trapped inside and after multiple searches have found no one in side.”
He said the challenge with this fire was water supply as they had to lay out 700-ft of hose to get a water supply onto the fire as well as having resources for a potential rescue of a resident which slowed down the actual fire attack.
Auzenne also noted the assistance from Contra Costa County Fire Protection District and having additional resources quickly.
“Initially three additional units were dispatched and with the rescue, two more were requested. As the first battalion chief arriving on scene, he requested four additional units but with the work done on first units on scene, the additional four units were cancelled,” explained Auzenne.
The cause of the fire is under investigation and up to 25-people were displaced.
The incident caused the Brentwood Police Department to block off a portion of Brentwood Blvd.