FAIRFIELD — Dry conditions and powerful north winds combined to make Friday a busy day for local fire crews.
The Fairfield Fire Department responded early Friday evening to reports of smoke coming from the roof of a warehouse building on Walters Court, just off Walters Road near Air Base Parkway.
Calls came in just after 6:30 p.m. reporting smoke from the roof of the building at 1941 Walters Court, a cabinet shop.
Fairfield fire Battalion Chief Steve Trepagnier said some calls also reported it as a grass fire initially, but the flames were contained to the business.
The first crew arrived on scene at 6:41 p.m. and the fire was under control by 7:03 p.m., Trepagnier said.
“It took them awhile to gain access to it,” he said. “They put it out very quickly, the fire was under control within just a few minutes of them getting here.”
Four units responded, including the ladder truck to put firefighters on the roof of the building.
Trepagnier said. firefighters were lucky in that there were some people working across the way and they saw the smoke early.
Later in the night, Trepagnier said the cause looked like the electrical supply to a water cooler.
“The cord was wound up and was damaged by wood leaning up against it, which caused a short,” Trepagnier said. He estimated damage to the business at around $15,000.
The Walters Court fire was just one of at least five fires in the Fairfield area Friday.
Fairfield firefighters later responded to a shed fire on Arroyo Court. Trepagnier said two engine companies responded and had the fire out before it damaged the homes on either side.
The weather, which prompted the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to issue a red flag warning through Friday night, was to blame for the number of blazes.
“Just the north wind. Everything’s dry, everything’s starting easy,” Trepagnier said. “We get it just the same as the Santa Anas in (Los Angeles). We get it every May and every October. The humidity drops so much. . . . There’s times like this where anything will start a fire.”
Several area agencies responded early Friday morning to a two-alarm vegetation fire on Suisun Valley Road, north of Suisun Valley Elementary School.
“It threatened a few houses, but we did lot lose any structures,” said Capt. Alfred Abruzzini of the Suisun Fire Protection District, which was one of the first agencies on scene.
He said the Cal Fire took the lead on the blaze, which burned about 20 acres. The fire was reported just before midnight and was under control around 3 a.m.
“We called a second alarm, which brought in a water tender from Montezuma (Fire Protection District), Cordelia Fire (Protection) District, Fairfield Fire Department,” Abruzzini said.
A crew from the Gordon Valley Fire Department in Napa County also responded.
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