East Contra Costa Fire protection District responded to a residential fire at 7:20 am which was quickly upgraded to a two-alarm as crews arrived on scene on the 5300 Block of Sandmound Blvd. in Oakley.
According to Chief Hugh Henderson, upon engines 93 and 94 arriving on scene, they saw flames beginning to spread to a second home and worked quickly to prevent a spread that from happening and called in reinforcements.
The incident required 9-engines with 30-peronnel on scene along with 3-chief officers with an assist from Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. In fact, during the response, Engine 88 got stuck on the levee after finding a sink hole.
“The crews did a good job putting lines between houses to keep the fire from spreading to second and third homes,” explained Chief Henderson. “As soon as they arrived they were able to keep those flames from spreading.”
Although the fire was under control in about 35-minutes time, crews were on scene for just over 4-hours as the fire kept popping up in hidden areas due to the tri-level nature of the home. The home was considered a total loss. A tree also caught fire behind the home. It is also with a heavy heart that we report that two-dogs died in the fire.
The Contra Costa County Sheriff was on scene along with Oakley PD. Both law enforcement agencies did a great job with traffic and crowd control ensuring the safety of the audience as the crews worked quickly.
The fire started as an electrical fire in the laundry room which was started by a commercial refrigerator.