California News

Friday, May 26, 2017

4-alarm fire prompts evacuations in downtown Stockton, 1 home destroyed

A four-alarm fire has prompted evacuations in downtown Stockton on Thursday evening. Stockton firefighters tweeted “It is devastating the City of Stockton right now.” Firefighters said the massive blaze possibly started in a palette yard and strong winds have pushed it through several commercial properties. Five homes were threatened, firefighters said. At least one home has been destroyed. Four others homes have been damaged. One woman was also hurt. “Mutual aid units from around the county have moved to assist in covering the city. Stockton Firefighters are working hard in difficult circumstances to bring this blaze under control,” firefighters said on Facebook.
KRON TV NBC 4 San Francisco

Oakland: 13 construction workers injured in building collapse

Thirteen people were injured at a building under construction in the Pill Hill area that partially collapsed Friday, authorities said. Some were taken to hospitals and no fatalities or major injuries have been reported, Oakland police said. Workers were in the process of pouring concrete on the second floor when the collapse happened, officials said. Some were caught in the concrete and others hung from scaffolding. Some workers were able to get to safety on their own and others were assisted by firefighters. Footage from a news helicopter showed firefighters tending to at least three workers, two of whom were strapped to stretchers.
East Bay Times

Hoopa: Inmate firefighter dies from injuries

An inmate firefighter died due to injuries sustained while working on a fire line Wednesday, according to the California Department or Corrections Rehabilitation(CDCR). According to the CDCR, the inmate, 26-year-old Matthew Beck, died after a 120-foot-tall tree fell on him while he was working on a fire line in Humboldt County. The CDCR said Beck was leading a crew that was clearing brush in an effort to contain a fire in the Hoopa area. He suffered major head, neck and back injuries when the large tree uprooted and fell on him. According to the CDCR, life-flight crews were unable to reach him in time due to the remoteness of the area where the accident occurred.

Greg Barton named Beverly Hills Fire Chief

The city of Beverly Hills appointed Deputy Fire Chief Greg Barton to be the community’s next Fire Chief. Barton, a 22-year veteran of the Beverly Hills Fire Department, will replace Chief Ralph Mundell who is retiring in late June. “Appointing Greg was an easy decision,” said Mayor Lili Bosse. “He is a very talented leader and a true mentor to his staff. His calm and friendly way of dealing with everyone he meets is cherished and appreciated by residents, his colleagues on the Fire Department, other city employees and by this council.”
Park Labrea News and Beverly Press

Santa Cruz County fire chiefs’ panel studying feasibility of new ambulance service role

For the first time in 15 years, Santa Cruz County will throw open the doors to emergency ambulance service providers to provide local service, and area fire agencies are closely tracking the process. An existing EMS service contract with Colorado-based American Medical Response is scheduled to expire in September 2018. For a year or more, Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency has been collaborating with emergency service stakeholders to create a request for proposals — a contract bid — and rethinking how services are provided locally in the process.
Santa Cruz Sentinel

Fires destroy Hughson market, heavily damage house west of Ceres

Fire leveled a highly visible minimart at Geer Road and East Whitmore Avenue just east of Hughson late Thursday. Crews from Hughson, Stanislaus Consolidated, Ceres, Keyes, Mountain View, Turlock Rural and Denair battled the blaze at Mo’s Oasis Market & Deli, said Ceres Fire Battalion Chief Rich Scola. The dispatch call went out just before 11 p.m. “When crews arrived, there was very heavy fire involvement on the interior of the facility, with flames through the roof, which compromised the roof structure,” so crews attacked the fire from outside the store only, he said.
Modesto Bee

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Roseville Fire Department Faces Budget Cuts

The city of Roseville has made it clear that it needs to cut $2 million from the city budget because of a revenue shortfall. Because 70 percent of the city's $135 million budget is dedicated to public safety, $800,000 will be cut from the Roseville Fire Department. The union representing firefighters says response times will suffer and lives will be put at risk. The city says no layoffs are planned and that more resources will be put into medical calls, which is a growing portion of the department's work. The union says the city was supposed to get public input before changes were made, which they say was not done. The city says input was for budget priorities, not managerial and operational changes to save money.
KTXL-TV Fox 40 Sacramento

Kern County Fire Department mourns the passing of an engineer

Flags at all Kern County fire stations will be lowered to half-staff in memory of Engineer Brian Massey, who died after a medical event Saturday night at his home. Massey, 56, had been fighting fires in Kern County for 27 years, beginning in Taft in 1990. He joined the Kern County Fire Department in 2007. To honor Massey's memory, Fire Chief Brian Marshall has ordered flags at all county fire stations to be flown at half-staff until the day of his funeral. Massey is survived by his three children, girlfriend of 17 years and parents. His death will be considered a line-of-duty death, according to the Fire Department.
Bakersfield Now

Retired veteran San Gabriel Fire Department deputy chief returns to helm

A former deputy chief of the San Gabriel Fire Department will come out of retirement to become its chief, the city announced Wednesday. Derrick Doehler, a 19-year veteran of the SGFD, retired in 2016. “I’m happy to be back, and I’m extremely proud to serve the City of San Gabriel,” Doehler said in a statement released by the city. Doehler, 50, succeeds fire Chief Mario Rueda, and will assume his new duties immediately

Husband and wife burned in Glenn Co. mobile home fire

A husband and wife were injured when the husband pulled his wife from a burning mobile home in Glenn County early Thursday. It happened around 12:10 a.m. at a home in the 4800 block of County Road N in Orland. Firefighters said the fire was put out around 2:30 a.m., but some crews had to return to the scene around 4 a.m. because the fire started back up again. The husband said his wife suffered burns to 20 percent of her body as well as smoke inhalation. She was taken to Enloe Medical Center in Chico, before being airlifted to U.C. Davis Medical Center. The husband also suffered burns, and their 14-year-old son suffered smoke inhalation. Firefighters said if it hadn't been for her husband pulling her out of the home, the wife would have perished.

Fire destroys building, big rig at Santa Rosa trucking company

Oil-soaked rags, likely used for staining, were the apparent cause of a fire that gutted a building at a Fulton trucking company in northern Santa Rosa early Wednesday, according to Rincon Valley fire officials. The fire, at the Hansen Transport shop at River and Fulton roads, burned a big rig parked inside and resulted in an estimated $300,000 loss in property, said Rincon Valley Fire Chief Jack Piccinini. The fire was reported just before 1 a.m. Firefighters from the nearby Larkfield station arrived to find flames engulfing the estimated 5,000-square-foot shop, said Rincon Valley Fire Capt. Neil Nicholson. Cal Fire, Windsor and Santa Rosa fire agencies also responded.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Homeless encampment catches fire under BART tracks in Oakland

Several tents and other items were destroyed but no one was reported injured Wednesday morning when a fire erupted at a homeless encampment underneath BART tracks in West Oakland, authorities said. It was the second fire at a homeless encampment in three days. Wednesday’s fire started about 4:24 a.m. on the south side of Fifth Street between Market and Brush streets, an area that has a large homeless population. Bright flames and dark smoke could be seen over a wide area, including nearby Interstate 880. Firefighters were able to control the fire quickly. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
East Bay Times

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