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Photos: Oakley Fire on Burgundy Drive

East Contra Costa Fire Crews responded to a one-alarm fire around 10:30 this morning which took five engines and 30-minutes to control the blaze on the block 4900 block on Burgundy Drive in Oakley.

The Contra Costa Times has a nice write up of the fire as firefighters, who were fighting the blaze from both the front and rear of the one-story home, removed the garage door and made a hole in the living room area to fight the smoky fire. According to the Times, Three men pulled a woman over a backyard fence to safety before crews arrived.

What I hope the community realizes is that when a fire like this breaks out, it leaves the rest of East County uncovered and had their been another incident occur at the same time, that is when the real trouble begins.

Nate Anderson, East Bay Freelance Photography, was on scene before I was and captured the fire fully engulfing the home. He was kind enough to allow me to post his photographs. Between the two of us, we captured the fire.

For more of Mr. Anderson’s photographs, you can visit him on   His photographs above are properly marked.


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11 Responses »

  1. Way to go Mike and Nate for taking these photos. Glad ECCFPD was able to protect the surrounding homes, great job to everyone who responded

  2. Anyone else find the irony in the woman covered in smoke is captured lighting up a cigarette?

  3. Awesome photos, totally sucks for the homeowner. You raise a good point that while this was going on, the rest of east county had little to no coverage in an emergancy. Wake up voters!

  4. I wondered when I first saw this story how many other people were waiting for help as a result of all the fire trucks needing to go to this fire. With such limited coverage out here in East County I was hoping that it was a quiet day. Unfortunately, I noticed in the CC Times article ( under the comments that someone’s neighbor fell and broke her hip and had to wait a while to get care. One of these days someone will die because there just wasn’t someone there soon enough because everyone was tied up at other emergencies. Very disturbing.

    • I had my scanner going and heard fire dispatched to a medical at Knightsen Elem and another medical (fall victim) in Brentwood on Carrington Drive. Engine 82 of ConFire was dispatched to Knightsen Elem but canceled by the medics. I couldn’t understand who was dispatched to the Brentwood call but once Engine 82 was canceled to the Knightsen call, they were canceled and Engine 82 re-dispatched to Brentwood. Yes, it is a challenge and one of these times, it is going to turn out bad. But there isn’t anything that can be done. The reality of the times is that we, the civilians, have to start taking some responsibility for ourselves.

    • You can’t help the firefighters because you are not trained properly. Don’t get in their way they know exactly how to handle all situations. That’s why they are professional firefighters and nothing less will do. Wait until there is a real emmergency or disaster. It will not matter how many professionals or non professionals, life will go on.The firefighters did do a good job regardless.

  5. My son and his family live right next door to this fire and I am just very thankful that the firefighters were able to stop the fire from spreading! Thank you so very much from my family to all the firefighters!!

  6. Used to have to wait a long time out in the prairie for the volunteers. Someone may have died then too. We learn to redesign the job and all its facets or make do with what we have.

  7. Great photos and thanks for posting. It is important that eveyone see how important Firefighters are to the safety of our communities.

  8. Thank you so much for capturing this moment. One of the guys fighting the fire is my husband. I am so proud of what he does and truly is my hero. All of those guys work so hard and put there lives, hearts and souls into helping and saveing there community. Thank you guys for all that you do!

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