House fire on Broadway Street

Towering flames from a house fire on Broadway Street are visible from a neighboring back yard.
Towering flames from a house fire on Broadway Street are visible from a neighboring back yard. Photo by Ruth Nichols, San Andreas Fire Protection District.

San Andreas Fire personnel responded just after 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2020, to a fire that did major damage to a house at 179 Broadway Street. The fire sent up a column of flame visible throughout the neighborhood and threatened surrounding homes.

Two engines and crews from San Andreas Fire Protection District responded immediately and attacked the fire, preventing its spread. San Andreas Fire Chief Don Young said no one was home at the time. He said neighbors who saw the rising smoke plume called 911 to report it.

Young said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

San Andreas fire also mobilized two command units, a water tender and a breathing support unit. “At one point San Andreas Fire had 20 personnel working in some capacity,” Young said.

Other agencies that sent equipment and personnel to the incident included Calaveras Consolidated Fire District, Central Calaveras Fire and Rescue Protection District, Mokelumne Hill Fire Protection District, Altaville-Melones Fire District, and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

In addition to the house, the fire burned a vehicle, a storage shed and various items stored in the back yard. Fire crews continued to work through the night and into Wednesday to put out hotspots.

One firefighter was transported to a hospital for heat related issues.

“Everybody did an outstanding job,” Young said.

“Bryan did an outstanding job,” Young said of Capt. Bryan Santos, who served as the incident commander.

For more information, contact chief Don Young at 209-754-4693.


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