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CENTRAL FIRE DISTRICT
INCIDENT MEDIA RELEASE
DATE OF INCIDENT: 9/19/18
DISPATCH TIME: 19:52
TYPE OF INCIDENT: Structure Fire
LOCATION OF INCIDENT: 450A Tola Ranch Road, Soquel, CA
OCCUPANT/OWNER OF PROPERTY: Larry & Margaret Sanders
BRIEF SCENARIO OF INCIDENT: On the evening of September 18th, SCR911 received several calls reporting a confirmed structure fire at this address. Further information from callers also reported a burning vehicle. Upon arrival, Central Fire District firefighters found a single family home fully involved in fire. The first crew on scene reported fire emanating from all windows of the home. The vehicle in the adjacent carport was also burning. A quick assessment of the situation determined that the four residents, two adults and two children, had evacuated safely. Due to the extent of fire spread, a defensive attack on the fire was employed. Several factors made it difficult for firefighters to fight this fire. A narrow winding road made access to the property challenging. There were not enough accessible hydrants to provide the water supply necessary to fight the fire effectively. Two water storage tanks were on site; however, there was no connection on either tank for firefighters to access the available water. Also, the fire had apparently spread into a concealed space below the roof. This construction feature made it difficult to reach the fire with hose steams from the exterior of the home. Despite these difficulties, firefighters were able to contain the fire to the house and prevent fire spread into the adjacent wildland area. The extent of fire damage has rendered the home uninhabitable.
TOTAL TIME TO CONTAIN: 20 minutes
TOTAL TIME TO CONTROL: 4 hours
NUMBER OF CENTRAL UNITS AND PERSONNEL: Engines –3, Water Tenders – 2, Chief Officers – 3, Firefighters – 13, Fire Prevention Officer – 1.
AUTOMATIC AID/MUTUAL AID USED: Aptos La Selva Fire – 1 Engine, 1 Chief Officer, 1 Water Tender; Santa Cruz City Fire – 1 Chief Officer; CAL FIRE – 1 Engine
INVESTIGATION STATUS: The residents of the home reported hearing popping and banging noises coming from the carport approximately one hour after arriving at home that evening. Upon investigation, by the residents, the source of the noises was discovered to be fire in the carport between the car and the exterior wall of the home. The area of origin was near a work bench in the carport. An exact cause has not been determined.
PREPARED BY: Mike DeMars – Public Information Officer