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SRVFPD battles separate fires at abandoned homes

Incidents occur Monday evening on Bollinger Canyon, Tuesday afternoon in western Danville

San Ramon Valley firefighters knocked down fires in a pair of unoccupied homes less than a day apart this week, with one causing significant damage to a house outside San Ramon and the other doing little harm to a residence in Danville, according to a fire district spokesman.

Both fires remain under investigation, but there appeared to be no immediate indication of a link between the two incidents, San Ramon Valley Fire battalion chief Jim Selover said late Tuesday afternoon.

The first incident was reported around 6:25 p.m. Monday at a home unoccupied for years in the 18800 block of Bollinger Canyon Road, outside San Ramon in unincorporated Contra Costa County, Selover said.

Responding crews arrived within several minutes, finding the home engulfed in flames, according to Selover. In about 30 minutes, the crews knocked down the blaze, which did not extend to structures that surrounded it.

There was no one residing in the home, Selover said. It has been abandoned for years and may have been slated for future development.

He described the damage to the home as significant, but he was not immediately able to provide an estimate on the potential cost. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Less than a day later, local firefighters responded to an unoccupied two-story house in Danville near Podva Road and Ocho Rios Drive, Selover said.

A fire sparked for yet-unknown reasons in the lower level of the home around 4:15 p.m Tuesday, according to the battalion chief.

Firefighters gained entry to the house and knocked down the flames in about 20 minutes, he said, describing the damage as minimal, likely worth less than $1,000. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Editor's note: Information from the Bay City News Service was used in this report.

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4 people like this
Posted by Kathy
a resident of Danville
on Mar 23, 2016 at 3:20 pm

Were these homes actually abandoned or just temporarily unoccupied? Wasn't aware there were many "abandoned" houses in the area.


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