VIDEO: One person is dead and seven people were rescued after a massive blaze ignited inside an apartment building in Oakland Monday morning.
Three people suffered injuries as a result of smoke inhalation, fire officials said. "I just heard screaming and breaking glass, sounds of wood breaking and explosions," resident Kirstin Evans said. "I looked at my window and it was all orange and yellow. I ran out of my apartment and it was all smoky and debris was all over the place."
The four-alarm blaze, which was reported around 6 a.m. at 2551 San Pablo Ave., triggered "multiple rescues," fire officials said. Heavy flames and smoke could be seen spewing from the building.
KNTV-TV NBC 11 Bay Area
Modesto has appointed Operations Division Chief Alan Ernst as interim fire chief in the wake of the departure of Fire Chief Sean Slamon.
“We have great confidence in Alan as he has the skill sets necessary to continue the progress made by Fire Chief Sean Slamon and lead the department into the future,” City Manager Jim Holgersson said in a news release.
Slamon’s last day will be Tuesday after 28 years in Modesto. He is leaving to become chief of the Carson City Fire Department.
Ernst has been a firefighter for 26 years. He said he started as a volunteer, then part-time and finally seasonal firefighter for the El Dorado County Fire Protection District before coming to Modesto in 1997.
Ron Glantz was hired by the Montezuma Fire Protection District to be a bridge between the former chief and the next one.
That bridge is getting longer.
“I agreed to do it another year,” Glantz said in a phone interview Friday. “When I got into this, they (district commissioners) were going through a process with the former chief and I don’t think they knew it was going to take as long as it did.”
Joe Rosewall was terminated by the commission July 26 and appealed the dismissal. Prior to going to a formal appeals hearing, however, the two sides settled. That was in December.
Fairfield Daily Republic
A Cal Fire engine en route to a vehicle crash near the summit on Highway 17 collided with another vehicle Friday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol. It all began with a collision reported at 1:09 p.m. near the Redwood Estates onramp to Highway 17, involving a blue Ford sedan and a silver Ford two-door vehicle. At least one motorist suffered minor injuries, and a tree was felled by the crash.
Around 1:38 p.m., one of the Cal Fire engines dispatched to the scene was southbound on Highway 17 when it collided a Subaru Outback. Because the engine crew had to get to the initial crash site, it summoned the Subaru driver to follow them to that scene, Officer Ross Lee said.
Once the fire crew finished tending to the first crash scene, they were expected to handle the information exchange with the Subaru driver, Lee said.
The newest fire district in Sonoma County was formed last year and grew out of a yearslong dispute over tax money that Sea Ranch fire officials wanted to keep for services in their community.
The North Sonoma Coast Fire Protection District, forged in a merger of Sea Ranch and Annapolis volunteer fire companies, is the latest test case for consolidation of departments, seen as one of the main ways to reform the county’s jumbled network of fire agencies.
It is the first new district formed from volunteer companies in 20 years, with responsibility for emergency calls over 172 square miles of rugged terrain in the northwestern corner of the county. And so far, it appears to be a success.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat