Kitchen Fire Injures Firefighter

The fire appears to have started in the kitchen in a home on Corte Encinas. One firefighter suffered possible heat/exertion related injuries and the occupant and three dogs in the home made it out safely.

From Livermore Pleasanton Fire:

On October 3, 2012, the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department (LPFD) responded to a residential structure fire on the 6000 block of Corte Encinas in Pleasanton. The call was received at 10:52 a.m. and the first LPFD unit arrived at 10:57. Five LPFD fire engines, one fire truck and one Battalion Chief responded to this incident for a total of 21 LPFD personnel. Pleasanton Police and Paramedics Plus were also on scene and assisted. On LPFD arrival, a fire was actively burning in the kitchen.

Firefighters entered the residence and were able to extinguish the fire confining most of the fire damage to the kitchen itself. There was heavy smoke damage throughout the house though. The sole occupant home at the time of the incident exited the home safely prior to fire department arrival.

Three dogs were caught in the residence at the time of the fire. One exited the building when firefighters entered, and the other two were rescued by the LPFD crews. All three dogs appeared to be in good condition. No members of the public were injured due to this incident. One firefighter was injured and is presently hospitalized in stable condition with a possible heat/exertion related injury.

The occupants of the house are renters. The homeowners were out of the country and not available for immediate contact. The house was deemed uninhabitable and the LPFD contacted Red Cross to provide assistance to the family.

The origin of the fire was the cooking area within the kitchen. The cause remains under investigation.

The estimated damage is $50,000 to the home and $15,000 to the contents.


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