UPDATE: Fire Rips Through Warehouse, Comes Close to Propane Tanks at Tow Yard

October 24, 2013 16:18 pm · 7 comments


A fire that ripped through a Concord warehouse late Wednesday night burned dangerously close to a propane tank and destroyed outbuildings and vehicles, fire officials said today.

Fire crews responded around 11 p.m. to the one-alarm fire, which burned at an industrial building at 2250 Via De Mercados that houses B&D Towing and a U-Haul truck rental franchise, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District inspector George Laing said.

Crews reported seeing the fire from about a mile away as they were heading to the scene.

When they arrived, they struggled to gain access to the property and had to force open a locked gate, Laing said.

In addition to the warehouse, the fire burned two outbuildings, an adjacent travel trailer and two vehicles parked outside.

Two other vehicles inside the warehouse also burned, and the flames came close to a propane tank inside the building but it didn’t explode, Laing said.

Firefighters were able to get the blaze under control in about 20 minutes.

The fire caused an estimated $250,000 in damage, the fire inspector said.

No injuries were reported.

Investigators have not yet determined what caused the blaze, but Laing said it likely started in one of the outbuildings.

He said the fire crews’ delay in gaining entry into the property likely allowed the flames to spread.

“The more quickly we get to the fire, the smaller the fire will be and the less damage there will be,” he said.

Commercial property owners within the Contra Costa Fire Protection District with questions about fire department access to commercial buildings are advised to call 925-941-3300.

Thanks to Rick for the picture shown above!

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Julie October 24, 2013 at 4:27 PM


The Theorist October 24, 2013 at 4:32 PM

All these fires lately. Fire bug? Coincidence? Or just the beginning of the year of hell. Remember the big solar flares that were supposed to happen in 2012 but were delayed due to the unpredictable nature of the solar weather.

“SOLAR FLARE! Solar activity is high. On October 24th at 00:30 UT, Earth-facing sunspot AR1877 erupted, producing a powerful M9-class solar flare. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the blast:”

Lost and Happy October 24, 2013 at 4:55 PM

The Theorist… please tell me you have sarcasm font on?

J. October 24, 2013 at 5:09 PM

They should have had a Knox Box Rapid Entry System in place.

Anon October 24, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Anybody been watching Sons of Anarchy?

Anon October 24, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Anybody been watching Sons of Anarchy?

HELL- yes

anonemoose October 25, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Well, if they had a PD tow stored inside someone might have wanted the evidence distroyed.

Looking at you bfarke…..

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