Mutual aid beats back three-alarm Martinez fire



MARTINEZ — A fire in the city’s Franklin Canyon area was under control thanks to firefighters’ effiorts, authorities said Wednesday.

Just after 6:30 p.m., Contra Costa County Fire Protection District dispatchers sent word of a fire in the 2400 block of Franklin Canyon Road just south of Highway 4, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District spokesman Steve Hill said.

After a battalion chief among the first responding firefighters arrived at the storage lot and called a second alarm, concern about items on the lot’s property led to a third-alarm call.

Fifty-four firefighters and 10 support personnel aboard 18 engines responded from ConFire and the California Department of Forestry, Military Ocean Terminal Concord and Crockett-Carquinez, Rodeo-Hercules and Pinole fire departments.

Extra hands helped make light work of flames that spread to a couple of exploding propane tanks on the property but were kept to the lot’s borders. Losses were kept to four recreational vehicles, a couple of trucks and boats and a large storage container that held an unidentified material, Hill said.

“We credit the tremendous response from mutual aid, an important thing this time of year with wildland season arriving earlier and earlier these days,” Hill said. “Weather was pretty favorable for us too: cool, not much wind and fairly humid. if it had been last weekend and hotter and drier, then it would have been a tougher challenge.”

The fire was under control by shortly after 7:30 p.m., officials said.

There were no injuries. Neither damage estimates or causes were immediately available Wednesday night.

Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180



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