UPDATE w/PHOTOS: Firefighters Battle Structure Fire on Stanwell Dr. in Concord

December 11, 2013 1:01 am · 46 comments

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A building is on fire on Stanwell Dr., off Concord Ave. near Buchanan Field Airport in Concord.

Upon arrival just before 1am, firefighters spotted heavy smoke and flames coming from the two-story building.

No injuries have been reported, and firefighters are currently working hard to extinguish the blaze.

This area is mostly business offices. At this time, it has not been confirmed which business is on fire.

UPDATE, 1:05am: This fire is now a two-alarm blaze.

UPDATE, 1:14am: This is now a three-alarm fire.

UPDATE, 1:30am: Neighbors in the area of Solano Way are reporting ash is falling on their homes and on their vehicles.

UPDATE, 2am: The fire is still raging. Firefighters from as far away as Benicia have arrived to assist with the blaze. This is now a four-alarm fire.

UPDATE, 2:20am: The fire has been burning for 90 minutes. The cause of the blaze is currently unknown. A fire investigator just arrived on scene.

UPDATE, 2:21am: Thanks to all the Claycordians who sent in pictures of the fire this morning, it’s VERY MUCH appreciated.

UPDATE, 2:40am: It’s been almost two hours and although the fire is still burning, it’s not spreading. ConFire is getting a handle on it.

UPDATE, 2:45am: Firefighters say they have the blaze under control. It’s still burning, and will probably be burning until late-morning, but it’s now under control.

No injuries have been reported.

Thanks again for all the pictures!


1 Grateful Claycordian December 11, 2013 at 1:06 AM

Hear sirens, turn on computer, log on to claycord.com, get my answer.

Thanks claycord.com!

2 Tarkus December 11, 2013 at 1:07 AM

now three-alarm.

3 CLAYCORD.com December 11, 2013 at 1:07 AM

You’re welcome, Grateful Claycordian. Thanks for reading! :)

4 gadgetz December 11, 2013 at 1:11 AM

wow just driving through Concord in the building is on fire exploading !somebody needs to get the camera. Some amazing footage.

5 gadgetz December 11, 2013 at 1:13 AM

Hwy 4 east bound. Building is completely engulfed.

6 gadgetz December 11, 2013 at 1:15 AM

wow just driving through Concord in the building is on fire exploading !somebody needs to get the camera. Some amazing footage. Hwy 4 east bound Buccanon airport

7 truth December 11, 2013 at 1:29 AM

Fire is slowly being contained. Saw it over by solano way. Huge building now turned into ashes.

8 oak grove posse December 11, 2013 at 1:44 AM

Yeah, those aren’t small offices over there…I didn’t see flames but the smoke plume was hard to miss, even in the dark

9 red December 11, 2013 at 1:47 AM

Where do I email photos?!?!

10 red December 11, 2013 at 1:56 AM

Chopper is just flying in. Walls and ceiling collapsed. Dirty has spread to surrounding buildings on right.

11 CLAYCORD.com December 11, 2013 at 1:58 AM

Hi Red. Thanks! You can send them to news@claycord.com. appreciate it.

12 Dude December 11, 2013 at 2:14 AM

Estimated 35k foot building.. I’m going with arson as a hunch

13 Kyle December 11, 2013 at 3:05 AM

Just did some work on a building over there last month! Hope it’s not the same one!!!

14 Kyle December 11, 2013 at 3:06 AM

Nothing I did would cause it to burn, just sayin! Hope nobody got injured, some empty warehouse where homeless and tweekers hang tho to.

15 ex-californian December 11, 2013 at 4:24 AM

As of this writing (4:23 am Pacific time), the Contra Costa Times has nothing at all about this fire on their website.

Congrats to CLAYCORD & those who contribute to it!

16 Brandon December 11, 2013 at 4:36 AM

Couple of videos I shot on scene of the fire.



17 Dixie Sala December 11, 2013 at 6:43 AM

Dear Mayor ~ Do you ever sleep? You are always on the job! Love it!

18 cobie December 11, 2013 at 6:50 AM

Thanks Claycord for always having the local new NOW.

19 rosa December 11, 2013 at 7:09 AM

We noticed a bunch of homeless people living in the empty buildings down there.

20 7AM December 11, 2013 at 7:11 AM

Fire still burning

21 rosa December 11, 2013 at 7:12 AM

we noticed homeless people going in an out of empty buildings over there.

22 Houses telecommunications equipment December 11, 2013 at 7:23 AM

On KTVU they’re saying plastics burning from stored telecom equipment stored in the building are causing toxic fumes in the area. They say it housed both new equip. to sell and used equipment.

23 ggg December 11, 2013 at 7:34 AM

There is a homeless problem there. Cld night. Was a fire out of control?

24 Lanigirlsmom December 11, 2013 at 7:38 AM

My hunch is it might have been started by homeless trying to keep warm.

25 Mr John December 11, 2013 at 7:40 AM

There was a horrible burnt rubber smell in Turtle Creek this morning. I wonder if it is related. Pretty far, but it was a 4 alarm fire that burned for s while…

26 BMW Dave December 11, 2013 at 7:42 AM

Its still very much going.

We have a collision Center over on galaxy, and street was filled with smoke about a half hour ago.

27 anon December 11, 2013 at 7:45 AM

My office is *right* across the street.

A few things:
It’s more than just one building. There’s a company there without about 8 or 9 employees that does some kind of phone service, or possibly collections. That building is burned out.

The building where it appears to have started is not entirely vacant. The owner moved his stuff from another warehouse into that building over the summer. It’s a hunch, but I’d say he’s hoarding on an industrial scale and whatever started the fire was in his collection of junk. That building is now mostly gone, though his outdoor junk pile remains in front, mostly unharmed.

28 Sheldon December 11, 2013 at 7:57 AM

Anyone know the address of the building? I used to work on Stanwell, and it may be my old building!

29 Cowellian December 11, 2013 at 8:02 AM

Those are awesome pictures.

I used to work on Stanwell, but I can’t figure out which building was burning.

30 Anon December 11, 2013 at 8:07 AM

Hey this fire is still going. The smoke is choking. Where is Bay Area Air Quality. I think businesses in about a one mile area should be evacuated. Bad.

31 Sheldon December 11, 2013 at 8:07 AM

Well, news reports say that the building was in foreclosure….so sounds like a suspicious fire! Because the building was in foreclosure, the bank is also there investigating. Apparently an alarm sounded, the owner was contacted and he told the authorities not to respond because he’s been having lots of false alarms. Hmmmm…….

32 Anon December 11, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Also, Where is county health department.

If this were Richmond they would be all over it. I think we need a lawsuit here against the city, county the company and anyone else who should be doing something to protect the public.

33 Diana December 11, 2013 at 8:13 AM

Does anyone know what address or business this is?

34 Pro-choice....... Gun owmer December 11, 2013 at 8:16 AM

Spare the air?

35 J. December 11, 2013 at 8:21 AM

The blaze is located in the 2300 block of Stanwell Drive near Buchanan Field Airport and was reported at about 12:30 a.m., according to Contra Costa County Fire Protection Capt. Robert Marshall.

According to Marshall, the warehouse is over 50,000 square feet and is the storage and recycling site of a telephone supply company that installs and recycles commercial telephone systems.

Marshall said the fire is burning “a lot of plastics, a lot of wire” and that while no official shelter in place has been order, “anyone who can smell the smoke should shelter in place.”

No injuries have been reported, but Marshall said firefighters have not been able to fully access and inspect one side of the building that is still engulfed in flames.

A homeless population is also known to congregate behind the warehouse near a drainage area and at a nearby homeless shelter, according to Marshall.

36 anon December 11, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Talked to the news people hanging out in front of my office. They said the building is in foreclosure and the bank people showed up. The owner, or at least the main leasor, is here as well, though I don’t think anyone knows that he’s the one to talk to.

Address is 2371 St.

37 AKA December 11, 2013 at 8:47 AM

2371 Stanwell Drive
All Phone Company

38 AKA December 11, 2013 at 8:48 AM
39 J. December 11, 2013 at 9:01 AM
40 Dominic T December 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM

I hope this wasn’t the homeless trying to keep warm, or arson because of foreclosure. Makes you wonder.

41 Michael 2 December 11, 2013 at 9:13 AM

They said nobody dyied in the fire ,what about the thousands of people that will dye from the smoke . It was a no burn day . How many hospital visits were there for breathing problems . Oh wait it was a building not a fireplace . We are safe.

42 Lisa December 11, 2013 at 9:47 AM

first…let me say…blessings to all the fire fighters for once again serving our community.
so….I wonder how many people are going to rush to the hospital to complain of respiratory problems and then try to sue the company. Oh wait….it’s not Chevron and this isn’t Richmond so I guess we just feel bad for the company and let it go. This company doesn’t have the deep pockets that people like to go after Chevron for.

Let the discussion begin.

43 Bobfshed December 11, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Amazing that if the air is bad in Santa Rosa I cant light my fireplace. This fire is way more toxic and they evacuate a one half mile area. So strange.

44 PEG December 11, 2013 at 11:51 AM

We were at work accross the street at 6:30 the smoke and smell of burning pastic was so bad we all sat in show room trying to not breathe this toxic smoke but it captured in all the work areas. Repeated calls to CCFD and Bay Area Air Management kept telling us no problem unless you had respitory problems. Well if we didn’t before we sure do now.

45 Antler December 11, 2013 at 6:10 PM

The bottom photograph is highly dramatic and beautiful…….so much so that it makes me remember Radar and his dedication to Claycord and pictorial accuracy.

46 Big Dog December 11, 2013 at 9:44 PM

@PEG- You can and should assume that all smoke is toxic. The smoke from this fire was especially toxic due to burning computer parts, batteries, and other plastics. County Haz-mat did order a shelter in place for 1/2 mile in all directions of this fire. If smoke was penetrating the indoors area that you were in, evacuation would have been a better choice. BTW – repeated calls to a 911 dispatcher that is already busy dealing with this emergency and other emergencies is not helpful in this situation. People need to use common sense. The problem is that everyone wanted to go about their day like nothing was happening, then got angry when confronted with nasty smoke, when in reality the entire Concord / Pleasant Hill/ Walnut Creek area was covered by a blanket of toxic smoke. The best place to be when hazardous materials are burning is upwind.

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