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STRUCTURE FIRE 1021 Viewpoint-Rodeo

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November 16th, 2016
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TYPE OF INCIDENT: Structure Fire

LOCATION: 1021 Viewpoint Blvd

RESPONSE: E-76, E-70, E-69, E-75,T-78, BC7, BC71, CHP. Medic Ambulance

ASSISTING AGENCIES: Contra Costa Fire Protection District, El Cerrito Fire Department, Crockett Fire Department,





Control Time: 14:15 PM


Structure Loss: $240,000


Content Loss:  $50,000


Property Saved: Adjacent homes


Cause: Under investigation


GENERAL STORY: Engine 76 reported smoke showing from 1 mile out. Upon their arrival, there was a single story home with a garage fully involved in fire with two cars in the driveway. Command was established and units were assigned. All occupants were out of the house. One occupant sustained minor burns to the back of the head and hands. Medic ambulance handled the medical.  An aggressive fire attack was conducted and the fire was brought under control within 15 minutes. Fire damage was confined to the garage area and a small portion of the attic. No fire department injuries were reported. An investigator was requested to the scene for cause and determination of the fire. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.



Engine 9 covered Station 76


 PRESS RELEASE BY: Darren Johnson Acting Battalion Chief         DATE: 11/11/2016





Structure Fire-601 and 603 Parker Avenue, Rodeo

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March 8th, 2016
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DATE:   March 7th, 2016

TIME OF ALARM:   0857 hours

TYPE OF ALARM:   Multi-Family Residential Structure Fire

LOCATION:     601 and 603 Parker Avenue   Rodeo, CA

RESPONSE:    2 Truck Companies, 11 Engine Companies, 1 Squad Company, 1 Breathing support, 1 Training Captain, 2 Fire Chiefs, 1 Assistant Chief, 5 Battalion Chiefs and 1 Fire Investigation Captain

ASSISTING AGENCIES:   Rodeo-Hercules Fire District, Pinole Fire Department, Contra Costa County Fire District, Crockett-Carquinez Fire District, El Cerrito Fire Department, Richmond Fire Department, Moraga-Orinda Fire District, CCC Fire District EMS, PG&E, American Red Cross, CCC Sheriff’s Office, CHP and CCC Building Dept.



Property Saved:  Seventeen adjoining apartments and 1 adjacent apartment building (value of well over $1 million)


Property lost:  3 apartments were a total loss.  Several apartments sustained smoke and other minor damages.  Preliminary damage estimate is $500,000.

Cause:  Undetermined, not suspicious and likely accidental in nature.

All Concerned-

Rodeo-Hercules Fire – Engine 75 (Rodeo) and Engine 76 (Hercules), Pinole Fire – Engine 73 and Battalion 7, Contra Costa County Fire – Engine 69 (El Sobrante), Crockett-Carquinez Fire District – Truck 78 (Crockett) and El Cerrito Fire – Battalion 71 responded to a reported Residential Structure Fire in a two-story apartment building on Parker Avenue in Rodeo.

Upon arrival E75 found smoke coming from a middle downstairs unit of a two-story twenty unit apartment building.  As E75, 76 and 73 attempted to make an aggressive interior attack on the fire, they were met by an extreme accumulation of materials in the apartment.  This storage volume made it impossible for crews to reach the fire.  While the crews were trying to reach the fire, the fire grew rapidly.  The heavy volume of materials in the apartment contributed to the rapid fire growth.  This additional fuel load made the fire burn hotter and faster.  Battalion 7 assumed Incident Command and was assisted in managing the incident by FC 7500, FC 7300, BC71, BC2, BC4, El Cerrito FD’s Training BC, and a Con Fire AC.  As the apartment became heavily involved in fire, a second alarm was requested.  The second alarm brought Contra Costa County Squad 70 (San Pablo), Engine 13 (Martinez), Training Captain 10 and Battalion 2, Crockett-Carquinez Engine 78, Richmond Engines 61, 62, 66, Breathing Support 61 and Truck 64, and Orinda-Moraga Battalion 4.   The fire was threatening to extend into the adjoining and adjacent apartments and into the common attic of the building.  Firefighters from E75, E76 and E73 redeployed hoselines and began to extinguish the fire.  Engine 69 and E13 positioned at the rear of the apartments and deployed a 2 ½” hoseline to attack the fire that was threatening adjoining apartments and spreading to the attic.   Truck 78 and Truck 64 performed vertical ventilation.  Two additional engines were requested and Orinda-Moraga Engine 43 (Orinda) and Contra Costa County Engine 70 (San Pablo) responded to the scene.  Engine 78 and E76 extinguished the attic fire while E43 and E70 performed searches for any occupants or animals as well as for fire extension.  One deceased feline was found during these searches.  TC10 was the Incident Safety Officer.  Crews were able to contain the fire and confine the fire damage to the apartment of origin and the two second floor apartments located directly above.    Additional Firefighters secured the gas and electric utilities.  The adjoining and adjacent apartments were threatened by the fire.  Several adjoining apartments sustained minor smoke damage from the fire.

Both residents of the apartment where the fire originated were home at the time of the fire.  They had to be assisted out of their apartment by a neighbor and an off-duty Crockett-Carquinez Firefighter due to the excessive accumulation of materials and goods in the apartment.  Both of the residents sustained smoke inhalation injuries and were transported by Contra Costa County Fire District EMS to a local hospital for treatment.   All other residents of the apartment building were able to evacuate without injury.  The fire displaced the residents of all twenty units of the building.  The displaced residents are being assisted by the American Red Cross.  PG&E responded and assisted with the utility systems.  Contra Costa County Building Department assisted with evaluating the extent of damage to the structure.  The Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office and CHP provided traffic control.  Fire crews remained on scene until approximately 1530 hours when the building was released to the owner and his representatives.  This fire grew to the equivalent of a 3 Alarm Fire.

The cause of the fire was undetermined at the conclusion of the investigation, but it was likely accidental in nature.  There were no Firefighter injuries during this incident.  Due to the quick response and aggressive efforts of the fire agencies, the fire did not significantly damage seventeen of the apartments.  Additionally, the fire did not damage the apartment building located directly behind the building.

Contra Costa County Engines 2 (Pleasant Hill) and 17 (Lafayette), Crockett-Carquinez Engine 277 (Port Costa) and Moraga-Orinda Fire District Engine 43 (Orinda) provided coverage for Battalion 7 during this incident.

The fire department would like to use the opportunity presented by this unfortunate incident to remind the public that the excessive accumulation of materials in homes poses a significant threat to both those who live in the home and others who may enter the home, including firefighters.  In this instance, the occupants required the help of others to exit the burning apartment, firefighters could not reach the fire and the fire grew rapidly due to this excessive accumulation of materials.

Please contact the Rodeo-Hercules Fire District with any additional information needs.

In Service,

Steve Akre, Battalion Chief

Pinole Fire Department

Structure Fire-2180 Peach Street

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January 29th, 2016
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DATE:   January 28, 2016

TIME OF ALARM:   18:27 hours

TYPE OF ALARM:   Residential Structure Fire

LOCATION:     2180 Peach Street, Pinole

RESPONSE:   7 Engine Company, 1 Truck Company, 1 Squad, 2 Battalion Chiefs, 1 AMR ambulance, Pinole Police Department, Cal Star and PG&E

ASSISTING AGENCIES:  Pinole Fire Department, Rodeo Hercules Fire Protection District, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, Richmond Fire Department, Crockett – Carquinez Fire Department, Cal Star Medical Helicopter, PG&E, and American Medical Response.



All Concerned-

At 0600 hours crews from Pinole Fire Department, Rodeo Hercules Fire Protection District, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, responded to 2180 Peach Street in the City Pinole for the report of a structure fire.


Upon arrival crews found thick black smoke coming from the front door and windows of the home.   A well involved Livingroom fire was discovered in the home.   Firefighting efforts were hampered due to the large amount of belongings stored inside the home.


The home owner was found outside the home with 2nd degree burns to approximately 30 percent of her body and was transported by medical helicopter to Santa Clara Valley Burn Center.


First Alarm fire crews were able to extinguish the fire quickly keeping it to the house of origin and preventing the fire from spreading to neighboring homes.  Additional crews were called to the scene to assist with salvage and overhaul of the structure due to the large amount of belongings inside the home.  The home had significant damage to the interior and roof structure.    Richmond Fire Department and Crockett – Carquinez Fire Department responded to the incident to assist with Logistics and securing a landing zone.   Seven Engine Companies, One Truck Company, One Squad and Two Command Vehicles staffed by 28 firefighters and 2 Battalion Chiefs, responded to this incident.  No fire personnel were injured during fire ground operations.  Operations were completed at 20:38 hrs.   Orinda – Moraga Fire Department provided Station coverage during the incident.


Please call me with any questions related to this incident.


In Service,


Bryan Craig, Battalion Chief

Rodeo-Hercules Fire Protection District



Structure Fire-380 Joan Vista Street

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December 1st, 2015
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DATE:  December 1, 2015


TYPE OF INCIDENT: 2 Alarm Commercial Structure Fire

LOCATION: 380 Joan Vista Street

RESPONSE: 8 Engines, 2 Trucks, 1 Squad, 1 Breathing Support, 4 Battalion Chiefs

ASSISTING AGENCIES: Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, Richmond Fire Department, Pinole Fire Department, Rodeo-Hercules Fire District, El Cerrito Fire Department, American Medical Response West, Contra Costa County Sheriff, American Red Cross.






Control Time: 05:18


Cause: Stove Fire


GENERAL STORY: All Concerned-


At 03:31 Contra Costa County Fire Dispatch received a call of an apartment on fire located at 380 Joan Vista Street in in unincorporated El Sobrante.  When Fire Crews arrived on scene they found a single unit of a 6 unit Condominium complex well involved with fire that was threatening to spread to the adjacent structures.  Crews confirmed that the Female occupant and her two children ages 7 and 7 months were out of the unit of origin and all adjoining units were evacuated.  Crews worked aggressively and quickly and successfully kept the fire to the unit of origin and from spreading to adjacent units and nearby buildings.  AMR personnel assessed the homes Female occupant who had suffered smoke inhalation; she was treated at the scene but was not transported. Adjacent homes were threatened, but not damaged by the fire.  Extensive overhaul was needed in the fire area due to the intensity of the fire.   American Red Cross provided shelter for the displaced resident. No firefighters suffered any injuries.  Eight Engine Companies, Two Truck Company, One Breathing Support, One Squad and Six Command Vehicles responded staffed by 37 Firefighters and 6 Battalion Chiefs.


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PRESS RELEASE BY: Battalion Chief, Bryan Craig  DATE: 12/01/2015 10:40


CONTACT PERSON / PHONE NUMBER: Bryan Craig   925-766-6335



August 2 – Phillips 66 Refinery

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August 7th, 2015
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DATE: August 2, 2015


TYPE OF INCIDENT: Industrial Fire

LOCATION: Phillips 66 Refinery

RESPONSE: 1 Engine, 1 Truck, 1 Battalion Chief

ASSISTING AGENCIES: P66, Rodeo Hercules Fire District

FIRE INFORMATION: The Rodeo Hercules Fire District responded to a reported fire at the Phillips 66 Refinery in Rodeo. On arrival Fire District crews found Refinery personnel engaged in  in an external firefighting operation that involved a Delayed Coker Unit. The Rodeo Hercules Fire District merged into Unified Command, assisted Phillips 66 Refinery personnel with firefighting efforts and supplied an elevated stream using aerial apparatus to cool the unit. Fire District personnel stayed at scene until the incident was placed under control.



DATE: August 3, 2015

CONTACT PERSON / PHONE NUMBER: Phillips 66 Refinery (510) 245-4400