At 6:39 pm, East Contra Costa Fire Protection District responded to what was being reported as a garage fire in Discovery Bay on Edgeview Ct. which quickly escalated and required 10-engines on scene and 37 firefighters.
There were reports that an explosion of some sort that occurred in the garage which began the fire. This caused a major amount of smoke into the air which could be scene from miles away–which actually was called in by an off-duty Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Battalion Chief, John Kipp.
According to Chief Hugh Henderson, BC Kipp arrived on scene about 3-minutes after it was dispatched and found the home engulfed with flames and now threatening a second home. When Engine 59 arrived, they worked to save that home and prevent damage to a third home.
During the incident, there were reports multiple explosions prior to fire arriving on scene. Chief Henderson stated he was second on scene behind the first engine and BC Kipp and didn’t hear any explosions, but that they are trained to handle those types of situations.
“Most of the time they are making noise, it doesn’t mean they are projectiles. We heard bullets and propane tanks and fuel cans. We are having to be careful,” said Henderson.
According to Chief Hugh Henderson, the fifth engine (from Antioch) arrived on scene 20 minutes after dispatched. The fire was deemed under control at 7:40 pm.
“You can’t get much farther in district than Discovery Bay. The 5th engine from Antioch took 20 minutes. Without auto aid/mutual aid, we need their help and this is where we will see the impacts if they continue to have closed stations,” explained Henderson.
Henderson was referencing the fact that 6-of-10 engines were from CONFIRE.
Chief Henderson said the two-story home where the fire originated was a total loss with heavy fire damage throughout while there was moderate damage to one neighboring home with minor smoke damage to a third home.
As of 10:20 pm. Antioch and Pittsburg engines have been released while East Contra Costa Fire Protection Districts four engines are still in Discovery Bay on scene–this is leaving the District covered by a single CALFIRE engine. During the incident, Antioch, Pittsburg and East County had a total of three engines covering the area.
It should be noted, PG&E was able to shut off the electricity around 7:42–nearly an hour after the incident began.
Here is a look at the he response times . The first number is “enroute” and the second number is time “arrived”. All calls were dispatched at roughly 6:40pm.
- Engine 59 – 6:42:36 / 6:48:30
- Engine 52 – 6:43:43 / 6:56:19
- Engine 94 – 6:41:52 / 6:55:59
- Engine 93 – 6:42:53 / 7:00:20
- Engine 88 – 6:42:12 / 7:00:59
- BC5 – 6:42:26/ 6:53:59
- Engine 82 – 6:46:35 / 7:06:16
- Engine 81 – 6:47:16 / 7:14:48
- Quint 83 – 6:49:06 / 7:17:08
- BC8 – 6:49:29 / 7:13:32
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