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FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
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Fire destroys house; adjacent homes OK

Tulip St. Fire 6_27_14

A truck burns while Fairfield firefighters, along with other agencies, battle a two-alarm fire on the 400 block of Tulip Street in Fairfield, Friday. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

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From page A1 | June 28, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — A fire Friday afternoon destroyed a house off Air Base Parkway and Heath Drive, but firefighters were able to save homes on either side of the burned structure on the 400 block of Tulip Street.

Numerous neighbors called about the fire starting at 2:37 p.m. Arriving firefighters, who determined no one was inside the burning house or garage, sent a water curtain between the adjoining houses, Capt. Bobby Silva said.

The cause of the fire was not known, Silva said. One of the home’s occupants was seriously burned and was being treated at a local hospital, the Fire Department announced on its Facebook page. No firefighters were injured.

Silva said wind was the biggest enemy in the two-alarm blaze that brought firefighters from the Fairfield Fire Department along with units from the Cordelia Fire Protection District and Vacaville Fire Department.

Fairfield Fire Chief Tony Velasquez was at the fire scene and said burning embers and trees in the area were part of the firefighters’ focus.

The loss was estimated at $500,000, which includes the home that was destroyed and one vehicle that was also destroyed, along with heat damage to two other homes and to two other vehicles, the department reported.

Resident Jeanne Platano, who lives across the street and half-dozen homes away from the burned house, said she thought of the Aug. 27, 2013, fire that destroyed five homes and damaged 10 others.

“It brought to mind Marigold,” she said.

“It was burning big time when I walked out,” Platano said of the Friday fire.

Another resident who lives on Dahlia Street behind the burned home said three cats escaped the structure and went to her backyard.

Other neighbors said the burned house had been remodeled recently. A truck parked in the driveway was burned in the blaze.

Neighborhood resident Terry Monday, 64, said he and his wife were downtown when his 92-year-old mother-in-law, who lives with them, phoned to say the house across the street was on fire.

“I had no idea what I was going to find,” Monday said of returning home.

His mother-in-law was safe, as was the house.

John Meyer, 63, who lives along Dahlia, said a neighbor alerted him to the fire. Meyer knocked on doors to let others know about the blaze but he was confident it wouldn’t spread from Tulip Street.

“I figured the guys weren’t going to let it get down eight houses,” he said of firefighters and how far his home was from the fire.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or rmccarthy@dailyrepublic.net.

This version updates the original to include information on the injury to one of the home’s occupants, and to include specifics about the damage caused by the fire.

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  • Mr. PracticalJune 28, 2014 - 6:19 am

    Seriously?

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  • CD BrooksJune 28, 2014 - 6:33 am

    Okay we give FFD a lot of grief here so let me be the first to say great job to them! The winds were blowing at a reported 12mph, but I believe they were much higher, and they saved homes in close proximity. Sorry for the owners but at least nobody got hurt!

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  • CD BrooksJune 28, 2014 - 6:35 am

    I just noticed in the update that someone did get hurt...Hopefully they will be okay.

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  • BobJune 28, 2014 - 7:54 am

    Flick a butt out of your car and this is what you get

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  • SWJune 28, 2014 - 10:29 pm

    some flicked a butt out of the car and into their garage? it says The cause of the fire was not known, dumb dumb

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  • GemmaJune 28, 2014 - 8:55 am

    I'm happy the cats escaped, and I hope the three that escaped were all of the cats inside. I'd like to know more about the resident being injured, since the first article said no one was inside. How bad was he injured? Did he make it outside without assistance from the FD? Is he going to be ok? I hope he makes a full recovery. Isn't it sad that anytime a house catches fire now, the residents have to worry that the house will turn into the Marigold Fire? I'm not pointing fingers on that fire, because I have no idea who to point them at, seeing as how that's what started the inferno imo. Departments dropping the ball then doing nothing but pointing fingers when the inevitable blaze occurred.Did none of the finger pointing departments ever drive down the freeway, look over at the brush growing, and wonder who was in charge of it now, that their dept no longer was? It makes no sense that was allowed to occur to begin with.

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  • TweetsJune 28, 2014 - 2:27 pm

    Gemma I can't believe after the fire in Cordelia last week, they didn't send some of the prisoners from the county jail out there and cut all the dry brush still present all around that area. Another cig butt and dry hot days coming next week. Poof ...... Here we go again, when will they learn ?

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  • Retired AIJune 28, 2014 - 10:47 am

    Great Job!!! Another foundation saved. What scares me the most is 1 house fire taxed the entire department. 1 house fire and they had to call for help from 4 other agencies. When I worked in the Bay Area this would have been a simple single alarm and we sure as hell wouldnt have needed to call in four other cities for help. This started off as a garage fire. When units arrived the Garage was fully engulfed. What the hell happened???? What if there were 2 fires at once. It would be another famous Chicago Fire, or the SF 1906 all over again

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  • Retired A1June 28, 2014 - 10:56 am

    Instead of having 20 small fire departments, I think it's time to consolidate into the Solano County Fire Department. Look at all of the recourses we would have, and the money we would save. We wouldn't have all of the administrators (1 chief, not 20) costs and the county would have lots of volunteers to utilize which would cut down the cost of overtime. You could man 1 or 2 volunteers on every engine which would save the tax payers a lot of money. The majority of calls are medical. You can have rescue squads handling those instead of large engine companies (or in some cases truck companies) responding for a person not feeling well. The medical service could be expanded from Vacaville's Paramedics and handle the entire county. We need to start thinking practical. I know not one Chief will agree with this nor will the unions. But as citizens we should fight for this. Consolidated fire departments is what most counties are turning to. Look at San Mateo County as an example

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  • rlw895June 28, 2014 - 12:58 pm

    Good idea. The two issues that have to be addressed are financing and governance. If we formed a county-wide fire protection district for fire, rescue, and emergency response with a separate tax to support it, we would overcome those issues. It would probably have to have a separate elected governing board from the Board of Supervisors, but I would be OK if it didn't. It would take a pretty major effort to generate the political will to make it happen. Volunteer resources might be lost unless there is something specific in the measure creating the district to preserve and encourage them.

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  • Public DefenderJune 28, 2014 - 10:40 pm

    Good thing that there was enough water to extinguish the flames. When the twin tunnels are in place and are stealing our water to send South to the undeserving then fires like this one will be more challenging for firefighters. It will be a tougher fight when the water is not there. Then throw in a real hot couple of days, a stiff breeze and a power outage which knocks out a local water treatment plant. A black planet from Rancho Solano to Peabody Road, maybe 2000 meters wide. But we need a fast train (maybe so we can escape the flames!) and we need to ship our water to the South to fill the pools and wash the cars of of our recent invaders.

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  • Rick WoodJune 28, 2014 - 11:11 pm

    Those are risks, but pretty minor ones. With a vigilant defense of our water rights, Fairfield and most of Solano County should have little to fear from losing our water to the twin tunnels. And as for power outages, the City has backup systems that should provide sufficient water for firefighting if that's all we have to contend with.

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