Fire at Vallejo auto repair yard fire could have been far worse, investigators say – KTVU FOX 2 San Francisco

Investigators probe Rationalization for hearth at Vallejo auto restore yard

KTVU’s Tom vacar reviews.

Clients and insurance coverage businesses on Friday have been including up the damage and destruction from a flash hearth that consumed a Vallejo restore store and storage lot. The blaze despatched clouds of smoke into the sky and was seen for miles.

Tt all started all of a sudden and with out warning late Thursday afternoon.

Laundromat Supervisor Carol Vadnias, who works subsequent door to the restore store, noticed All of it.

“About 5:15 p.m. I heard a loud explosion. At first, I assumed it was simply againhearth. And that is As quickly as we noticed this place was on hearth, After which it was simply fixed explosion after explosion and simply flames, flames All by way of the place,” sassist Vadnais.

Vallejo Fire Division Captain Sean Googens described the scene.

“It was a properly involved hearth and it was An monumental hearth. So, it was properly forward of us earlier than we have been even dispatched to The choice,” he sassist.

Vadnais sassist hearthfighters shortly arrived On the scene.

“They we right here, on prime of it, inside A pair of minutes, by 5:20 p.m. they have been already right here,” she sassist.

This had All of the makings of a horrific disaster. Behind the auto restore lot is a lumberyard, and a mobile house park additionally sits shut, which might have simply been destroyed.

“So, these have been A pair of of the issues We would have appreciated To imagine about and tackle as quickly as we acquired right here,” sassist Captain Googens.

“Tright here are of older trailers, extra flammable and with the wind blowing, if any of them caught hearth It Might have simply jumped from one to The subsequent to The subsequent to The subsequent,” sassist Vadnais.

Scott Bradley lives Within the mobile house park.

“It is proper subsequent to to tall timber and if it had gone, We’d have gone,” he sassist.

R&R Auto additionally misplaced a useful assortment of basic vans and completely different basic automobiles, consumed by the Quick paced flames earlier than hearthfighters solidly beOn the again and confined them to the yard.

Vallejo hearthfighters give A lot of credit rating to mutual assist system.

“From Benicia, American Canyon, and Fairfield Fire departments that assisted us out tremendously,” sassist the Vallejo hearth captain.

Witnesses say, what made the distinction was the expertise and daring of the hearthfighters themselves.