Danville Express

Community Pulse - May 18, 2007

Fire engulfs garage of home for sale

A homeowner, her guest and her cats fled her home near Blackhawk when flames devoured her garage last Friday, May 11.

Her garage, which is attached to her home on Jasmine Way in Danville, caught on fire at 10:20 p.m. Her guest heard the smoke detector by the garage go on, and he called the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District for help. He saw the blaze burning when he opened the door to the garage.

He closed the door immediately and called 911.

"That is a very significant action that prevented the fire from traveling to the house," said fire investigator Mike Mentink.

The guest, the homeowner and her cats evacuated the property and waited for the fire department to arrive. Approximately 34 firefighters showed up and doused the fire with water.

The garage and wooden furniture and boxes of books and records stored in the garage were burned in the fire. The front ends of two cars, which were parked outside the garage, were burned, too. But they were not seriously damaged, said Mentink. Firefighters contained the blaze in the garage.

The property owner is in the process of selling her house, Mentink said. She was storing some of her belongings inside the garage because she was holding an open house.

"The homeowner was distraught," Mentink said. "It's not easy."

Fire officials are investigating the cause of the blaze.

Mentink noted the importance of smoke detectors, saying, "Smoke detectors make a big difference."

-Jordan M. Doronila


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