UPDATE: Crews battle 2-alarm blaze in Alamo overnight


San Ramon Valley Fire crews battled a house fire just south of Stone Valley Road Wednesday night, according to reports.

Six engines, two trucks, a paramedic and five overhead officers responded to a three-story home at 41 Hagen Oaks Court, said Fire Marshall Christina Jamison. Residents reported heavy black smoke around 11:20 p.m. and told officials they believed the fire began in the kitchen.

East Bay MUD and PG&E were also on scene to shut down electricity, add pressure to hydrants and control traffic along Stone Valley Road, Jamison added. The fire, which moved "extremely fast," was finally extinguished at 1:15 a.m.

The Hagen Oaks residence is completely destroyed and the pool house behind the home was also damaged. Jamison estimated the total property and content lost to be $800,000.

The vegetation fire threatened other houses on nearby Ardendale Court, Jamison said, but firefighters prevented them from catching fire. She said, however, that there may be some heat damage to those homes.

One firefighter suffered minor injuries, and the home's two residents were displaced and have found other accommodations. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on Jun 21, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Many years I owned the home next door 31 Hagen Oaks. Very scary issue. Many trees that would allow the fire to jump to to other homes.

Ms. Lipsky...Six Engines, two trucks, a paramedic and five overhead officers responded to the blaze.

Ms. Lipsky...Engines are trucks...are you saying there were 8 engines on the scene? I guess you mean there was 1 paramedic on the scene.

Ms. Lipsky...What on earth is 5 overhead officers?

No one was injured...I read where one firefighter was injured.

Interesting comment....EBMUD and PG&E were on the scene to shut down power. I don't think EBMUD has anything to do with shutting down power. And here comes the interesting comment. EBMUD and PG&E were on the scene to also control traffic on Stone Valley Road. I had no idea EBMUD and PG&E are in-charge of traffic control. But maybe they are.

Bottom-line your reporting of details needs more work...

Thank you....Julia Pardini from Alamo

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Posted by VickN
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 21, 2012 at 1:54 pm


The San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District has different nomenclature for apparatus. Yes the generic term would be called a "fire truck". However, the SRVFPD classifies the apparatus used to do water pumping and generic fire fighting and emergency support as an "Engine", and it is the front line responder. A "truck" would be classified as the apparatus which contains the specialized turnable ladder. So in terms of classification, there were indeed 2 trucks and 6 engines which responded in total.

An overhead officer is a chief or supervisor for the emergency scene. This can also include assistant fire chiefs, battalion chiefs, investigators, inspectors, etc. Usually on a fire like this, you have at minimum 4 overhead officers, one overseeing firefighting on each side of the house. One of the overhead officers (or an additional one) will also oversee the entire operation and will communicate with the dispatch center.

As far as the injury to the firefighter, the story wasn't updated since the original report at around 12:20am. I was listening to the fire scanner until 12:45am and did not hear anything about a firefighter being injured, so if it did happen, it happened at least 20 minutes after the initial report to the patch.

PGE was their to shut off power, EBMUD was called to add more pressure to the hydrant line, which I guess was not clearly reported. PGE and EBMUD can do traffic control when they're doing work on their own systems, which is the case in some fires when they're adding more pressure or servicing utilities in the neighborhood.

Just trying to clarify and justify initial reporting.

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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on Jun 22, 2012 at 11:13 am

Hey VickN...thank you very much. I appreciate all the information.

I stand corrected on my comments. I really do appreciate you tanking the time to explain all this.
It sounds like you are a front-line person connected to the SRVFPD.

Thank You

Julia Pardini from Alamo

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