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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.

 

SAFPD celebrates Independence Day

San Andreas Fire Protection District was proud to participate in the 2019 Independence Day Parade held in Mokelumne Hill. The district observed the nation’s 243rd birthday by staffing three pieces of equipment – Engine 165, Engine 163 and a utility vehicle – to roll in the parade.

Wildland fire chars almost an acre in San Andreas

Engines from San Andreas Fire Protection District, Cal-Fire and Mokelumne Hill Fire Protection District were dispatched at 2:41 p.m. June 28 to a report of fire in vegetation between Highway 49 and the town’s Catholic cemetery.

Crew members from San Andreas Fire Engine 168 carried a hose line up the slope of the hill and were part of a successful effort to contain the fire before it reached the top. San Andreas Fire Chief Don Young reported that the fire charred just under an acre. He said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

San Andreas Fire Protection District Water Tender 169 was also deployed to this incident and provided water to engines on scene.

Controlled burn reduces fuel load at ballfields

San Andreas Fire Protection District personnel cooperated with the San Andreas Parks and Recreation District, Cal Fire and many other agencies on June 18 to conduct a controlled burn of vegetation at the San Andreas ballfields. The work eliminates small fuels that might otherwise contribute to larger fires later in the season when conditions become more severe.

San Andreas Fire personnel remained on scene through the night and into June 19 to put out hot spots and mop up the operation.

Ventilation training

Sparks fly as a chainsaw hits roofing nails while cutting a ventilation hole.

Capt. Mike Downs and former San Andreas Fire member Devin Strehl collaborated on March 5 to offer a special hands-on training in cutting ventilation holes.

Downs provided a soon-to-be-demolished structure and burn barrel to generate non-toxic smoke. Strehl provided his years of experience to guide each team as it climbed to the roof and used tools including chain saws, pike poles and axes to safely cut ventilation openings.

Much of the training was conducted during driving rain. Both trainees and seasoned firefighters enjoyed it so much that they asked Downs to organize it again sometime soon.

Pulling hose, relay pumping.

During their regular training on Oct. 2, San Andreas firefighters practiced pulling hoses, relay pumping, and the use of the specialized “hotel pack” hose bundle.

Trainees tackle vehicle fires

Trainees enrolled in the Calaveras County Fire Academy practiced extinguishing a vehicle fire during an exercise on March 24 in San Andreas. JS West donated the liquid propane. Scott Mullin of Murphys Fire District was the training officer. San Andreas Fire Protection District provided Engine 164 and support personnel.

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