UPDATE: Telecommunications Equipment Burning in Four-Alarm Warehouse Fire

December 11, 2013 8:44 am · 31 comments


Firefighters are continuing to battle a four-alarm fire at a telecommunications warehouse in Concord this morning, according to a fire captain.’

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.

Fire crews have been taking a defensive approach to fighting the blaze in order to keep firefighters out of harms way this morning, according to Marshall.

The fire was brought under control at about 2:45 a.m., but as of 8 a.m. smoke could still be seen coming from the building.

Marshall said that due to the threat of the roof collapsing, firefighters are not going inside the commercial structure. Firefighters allowed portions of the building to continue burning and waited for the roof to collapse, so as to get water inside the building and extinguish the source of the blaze.

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, according to Marshall.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation this morning.

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CLAYCORD NOTE: Thanks to Cory for the picture from this morning.


1 MisterC December 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM

That explains the nasty smell in the air around monument Blvd I think.

2 Gmt December 11, 2013 at 9:15 AM

The nearby homeless shelter isn’t even that close it’s on arnold industrial way and that is a completely irrelevant statement. There’s also a Starbucks down the street and a Taco Bell, did they mention that is nearby as well? Kinda lame to hint at homeless causing it when the investigation isn’t complete

3 Mongo December 11, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Guess again Mr. C

4 CLAYCORD.com December 11, 2013 at 9:17 AM

The area has a huge homeless population under the bridges and behind the buildings.

5 Anonymous December 11, 2013 at 9:30 AM

It is kind of lame to put anything in the story about a homeless population being around there. Unless the investigation points in their direction, why is it even included at this point? And the story does state about a shelter, which is not close to there as stated. I agree with GMT on this one….

6 FIREFIGHTER December 11, 2013 at 9:44 AM

FACT: Most of the fires in that area are caused by the homeless.

7 Marcus December 11, 2013 at 9:53 AM

@ Anonymous–5

That’s because you’re a MORON!!!

8 Cory December 11, 2013 at 9:55 AM

The building next to the phone company attracted homeless people. For years, they’ve been camping in the doorway at night. My office is right across the street and we are frequently in during the evening or out taking a walk, so we’ve had plenty of opportunity to observe what goes on here after normal business hours.

9 Gmt December 11, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Firefighter So that means this one is too? Just cancel the investigator then, who needs him anyway it’s already been predetermined. I guess concord ave is the place to light fires, you won’t get caught cause people will blame homeless guys. I’m not saying I wasnt a homeless person but I’m jus pointing out the complacency of assuming it was and saying that to media long before the investigation is finished.

10 Jessie December 11, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Wow there are a lot of pro-homeless people.. Invite them to your neighborhood .. what? You don’t want to ?

Anyway that is not near a “shelter” as one poster said, it’s the drainage behind the building, and homeless are known for causing fires.

Marcus there’s a lot of Morons here now. Say anything about an employee union here and watch the Trolls come out. It’s fairly puzzling. As an old timer I’m sad the direction things go in the comments.

11 Richard Marquez December 11, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Our business Is not to far away from the homeless shelter. So people saying or thinking they only stay close to the center are dead wrong. Wake up they will make a home anywhere like our brushes every night.
I put a small water hose for them to use and drink from. They respect our area and keep it clean. Im sure it got cold and if they did start a a fire could have been the cause.

12 @Gmt December 11, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Doncha know? The claycord peanut gallery can solve any crime, just by reading a headline about it.

You must be new here.

13 Dave December 11, 2013 at 10:48 AM

I for one am offended that this company thinks it can have a fire on a spare the air day. Total lack of respect for the law. That’s it, I’m reporting them to BAAQMD.

14 Scrappy December 11, 2013 at 10:57 AM

WOW GMT! You need to get the stick out of @ss!!!
Or should I say Tree trunk!!

15 Silva December 11, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Wow. I can’t see the mountain from my house off of Claycord Ave. I won’t be going out today! Thanks for the heads up, Claycord.com!

16 Lorrain December 11, 2013 at 11:15 AM

I think this fire was in defiance of the spare the air day.

17 Anonymous December 11, 2013 at 11:35 AM

OMG, people! The use of the word “shelter” in this article means “stay indoors” to avoid smoke/particle inhalation! It has NOTHING to do with the homeless statement. Jeezus Criest!

18 Heather December 11, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Posting a shelter in place here did nothing for those who didn’t know this morning I tasted it in throat and I’m still smelling after taking son to school heck of gross

19 Learn to Read people December 11, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Mayor never mentioned anything about a homeless shelter, “A homeless population is also known to congregate behind the warehouse near a drainage area” Unless you call homeless people living outside a shelter.
@Jessie A lot of pro-homeless people? Are you saying you are against homeless people? Homeless people are the most vulnerable and unfortunate members of our society, many of which served our country in the armed forces… We should all be “pro-homeless”. I hope you don’t call yourself a Christian.

20 CLAYCORD.com December 11, 2013 at 12:08 PM

You’re welcome, Silva. Thanks for reading.

21 Will the ig·no·rance ever stop? December 11, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Lets at least find out what has happened first before you people go off on a bunch of people who can not defend them selves.

Wow is this what Claycord has become a bunch of couch detectives who probably have no idea what they are talking about!

Do you feel better.

All I can say is it must be tough for you people I can not hate that much nor can I ever be so mean.

I bet Claycord will delete this comment like they have deleted some of my other comments.

Some of you people need a better way to get your anger out.


22 CLAYCORD.com December 11, 2013 at 12:12 PM

About the homeless. We’re just reported what was said by ConFire. It’s part of their investigation, should we not report what they’re investigating? We didn’t name any one specific individual, but it is a known fact, like the firefighter previously said, that a lot of fires in the area are caused by the homeless people who frequent the trail & creek. If there are known arsonists in the area, why wouldn’t they investigate that as part of the cause, even if it ends up being something else?

23 Why per·pet·u·ate bad reporting! December 11, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Hey Claycord there are also trees in the area have you reported this fact hey you might have an exclusive!

You might want to get a handle on this before this gets anymore out of hand!

What you seem to have here is a bunch of ignorant people coming on here to beat up on people.

Let’s see what you do to handle it…….. Good luck….

24 bjw December 11, 2013 at 12:47 PM

will the ig no rince ever stop thumbs up to you , I feel the same way as you do … marry Christmas all.

25 JWB December 11, 2013 at 1:02 PM

@ CLAYCORD.com #22

“like the firefighter previously said”

Really? Just because somebody uses “firefighter” as a name on a blog you assume that his is a firefighter?

26 CLAYCORD.com December 11, 2013 at 1:14 PM

@JWB, He’s a real firefighter.

27 CLAYCORD.com December 11, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Also, nobody is saying the homeless start the fires with intent to burn things down. They start fires to stay warm, and sometimes they get out of control. Every year, there are several fires in and around that same area, in the creek and under the overpass on Concord Ave., Willow Pass, etc. Nobody is targeting the homeless, but the fact that the fire department is investigating this as a cause isn’t a surprise, and it should be reported.

28 Cindy December 11, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Dear Claycord.com or mayor or whoever writes this stuff,
Your reporting about the homeless in the area, while there may or may not be anything to it, is perpetuating a stereotype.

It reminds me of the days shortly after 9/11 when many people were jumping to the conclusion that Islamic extremists were behind it. We were a cautioned not to presume anything until facts could be sorted out. Oh how we wanted to immediately blame those Islamic extremists!

One TV comedian said it best when he said, “as soon as I heard those towers went down, I immediately thought, ‘It must be the Swiss!’. They are probably angry about so many people replicating the Swiss Army Knives!”

All joking aside, even when It seems logical to jump to judgement that its probably one segment if the population or another, we simply have to wait until the investigation is concluded.

If the fire department reported that, how does that imply that you are obligated to pass on prejudice in your reporting?

I don’t know if there are any actual statistics but if I had to guess. I would say most fires in large company buildings are frequently started by ARSON.

29 GMT December 11, 2013 at 1:36 PM

MAYOR: You edited this post, removing the firefighters comment about the “nearby shelter” … Maybe at their request, maybe not. But it was a good decision.

To everyone complaining about how no one mentioned the “nearby homeless shelter,” you are mistaken because this news article has now been edited to remove that wording.

Jessie: I’m pro people, no pro homeless people.

Scrappy: You’re a complete moron. That is all.

Homeless people aren’t angels, but everyone deserves to not be accused until someone who is actually there investigating makes a determination.

All you arm chair expert fire investigators behind your lap top screens are just being judgmental and quick to jump to conclusions.

30 Cowellian December 11, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Cindy, how many of those fumes did you inhale?

31 Atticus Thraxx December 11, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Turns out Islamic extremists did ram some planes into our buildings Cindy. Damn stereotypes are so inconvenient when they are true. So stop your damn whining, grab some blankets and food , find some homeless guys and go assuage your guilt that way, but don’t come here picking at The Mayor ’cause you don’t like what he and every other news outlet is reporting. Putz.

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