At 5:50 pm, East Contra Costa Fire Protection District was dispatched to a report of a residential structure fire in the 2700 block of Taylor Road on Bethel Island.
It was reported that a house was on fire and while responding, Station 53 reported heavy black smoke was showing from Oakley. Dispatch then received several more calls saying multiple homes were on fire with at least one home that had exploded with flames at least 20-feet high.
Engine 53 arrived on scene and immediately called for a second alarm response along with a fire boat response and breathing support. Contra Costa County Fire was requested for aid response. Both Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff and California Highway Patrol responded to the scene to shut down the roadway and provide traffic control.
Fire units from the City of Oakley, City of Brentwood, Town of Discovery Bay, City of Antioch, and City of Pittsburg all responded
By around 8:00 pm, firefighters had prevented forward progress and contained the fire to three homes and potentially saving another 3-to-4 neighboring homes.
Firefighters also said they had no reported injuries and at least 3-people had been displaced.
As of 9:15 pm, firefighters were working on “hot spots” before they could begin mop up duties.