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Pictured here is a burned apartment building on the 1900 block of Grande Circle, in Fairfield. A four alarm fire damaged five apartments on Saturday evening, totally destroying three of them. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)


Grande Circle fire damages 5 apartment units

By From page A3 | June 16, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A four-alarm fire at an apartment complex on Grande Circle damaged five units and had fire crews at the scene through the night Saturday.

Fairfield firefighters responded to a fully involved apartment fire about 7:30 p.m. There were initial reports that residents were trapped inside, but all had evacuated by the time crews had arrived.

Residents watched as firefighters battled the blaze for more than an hour before getting it under control. The fire had spread through the attic and worked its way through the roof of the two-story structure in the southeastern corner of the complex. A blackened interior was visible through broken windows of the involved units, which were located toward the back of the apartment complex away from the main roads.

Battalion Chief John Sturdee said three apartment units were essentially a total loss and two others had sustained smoke damage. He said the damage estimate was probably around $400,000.

Firefighters did not allow residents inside the damaged units while they worked they scene into the evening, but they did try to retrieve some of the residents’ belongings, Sturdee said.

The Red Cross placed some of the residents and others stayed with family, he said.

There were about 35 Fairfield firefighters at the scene as well as units from Travis Air Force Base, Vacaville, the Suisun Fire Protection District, Dixon and Vallejo. Fire units remained at the scene all night looking for hot spots, Sturdee said.

Sturdee said no firefighters were injured but one person went to NorthBay Medical Center to be treated for smoke inhalation. Emergency responders treated and released one person at the scene.

Fairfield police officers arrived at the scene about 8:45 p.m. with sirens wailing and guns drawn. Sturdee said a resident reportedly went inside one of the units not involved in the fire to retrieve a gun. He said there was a misunderstanding that there could potentially be a hostile situation, but the resident just wanted to secure what was a lawful gun. There was no foul play.

Emergency responders had closed off East Tabor Avenue from Cormorant Drive along the side of the complex from the beginning of the incident until about 11:30 p.m.

Fire crews continued their investigation Sunday and turned over the property to the apartment’s management Sunday morning, Sturdee said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Reach Adrienne Harris at 427-6956 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aharrisdr.

This version corrects the spelling of Battalion Chief John Sturdee’s rank and includes the correct name of the Suisun Fire Protection District.

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne joined the Daily Republic in September 2009. She earned her journalism degree at the University of Florida in 2005 and has worked at newspapers in Fort Pierce, Fla.; Las Cruces, N.M.; and El Paso, Texas.

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  • 2realJune 16, 2014 - 5:56 am

    And the start of the fire..? Meth lab most likely

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  • JagJune 16, 2014 - 9:04 am

    No, probably just the heat lamps for the pot room.

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  • JimboJune 16, 2014 - 10:24 pm

    Oh sit down and smoke that. It helps with bitterness.

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  • JagJune 17, 2014 - 10:17 am

    Hey Jimbo Tacos, It was a joke,,, Take a pill and relax... Sheeesh

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  • P.J.June 16, 2014 - 6:57 am

    Very little attention has been given to the 15 year young man, first name Latrelle, who got one man and animals out of one apartment and alerted others to get out. Channel 13 news in Sacramento talked to him. I wish the D.R. would do a little more to recognize him. He did the right thing! Let's cheer for him!

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  • Thank you!June 16, 2014 - 7:51 am

    Great job Latrelle for risking your young life to help save your neighbors!! Not sure why Adrienne decided to leave you out of this article, but don't you worry! We know you are a hero and we appreciate you!

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  • Glen FaisonJune 16, 2014 - 2:40 pm

    @P.J. and Thank you!: The young man was featured in the first report of Saturday's fire. The article published on the front page of Sunday's paper. Here's the link to the article online. http://www.dailyrepublic.com/?p=649811

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  • Thank you!June 16, 2014 - 4:20 pm

    Thank you Glen; I actually did see that article yesterday, just felt that he should be referenced in this one as well. I of course was not present, but it seems he played a pretty important role in the events. I'm sure that if the article hadn't mentioned the fire department, they may have been a little upset as well. Thank you for pointing it out for those who hadn't been able to read Sunday's article though :)

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  • kJune 16, 2014 - 11:44 am

    Too bad that whole housing division didn't burn down ! Nothing but ghetto pieces of cr@p live there .

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  • Susie Q.June 16, 2014 - 4:29 pm

    That is a REALLY bad attitude! Don't condemn ALL because of the really bad behavior of a few. Trust me, I am quite sure the vast majority of residents are desperately trying to move out of the area to some place nicer. Try a little love.

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  • LacieJune 17, 2014 - 8:48 am

    Grande is not all ghetto. Families live there trying to make it working full time supporting their children, elderly live there quietly taking their morning strolls, I live there with my 2 year old and get father who works full time to give its what we need. we aren't all ghetto nor do we condone those who are. This is a sad situation. Families misplaced from a fire. Shouldn't matter where the fire took place for it to touch your heart. I hope those families are able to recover quickly and thank God no one was harmed.

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