Bethel Island had a structure fire this afternoon on the 4200 block of Stone Road. The crew from Engine 93 did a fabulous job by being able to prevent further damage from occurring to the three-story home.
I would like to bring attention that this residential fire occurred just over a half-mile from the closed Bethel Island station. A call that would have normally been responded to in a matter of a couple minutes, the response time was 14-minutes. This fire was one of those situations where the fire should have doubled in size every two-minutes, but luck was on the side of the property owner and our fire crews. Kudos to the crews on scene!
The fire was reported at 2:46 pm with Engine 93 arriving on scene at 3:00 pm. Engine 88 arrived at 3:07 and by the time Engine 52 arrived at 3:10, the fire was pretty much under control.
It was estimated that a discarded cigarette ignited the container on a table which then caught the deck on fire, which ran up the house and into the attic. Damages are estimated at around $15,000 according to Battalion Chief Brian Helmick.
A total of 17 firefighters were on scene and no injuries were reported.
Here is the call details:
14:46 received the 1st call from a neighbor stating a house was on fire.
14:47 E193, E188, E152, E181, E159 BC5 BC8 were dispatched in that order
responded (RE) 14:49
on-radio (OR) 17:42
E188 (2nd due)
E152 (3Rd due)
E181 (4TH due)
E159 (5TH due)