FAIRFIELD — An official post-mortem of the Marigold Drive fire continues to take shape, with such questions as the cause of the fire and the damage total still unknown.
The county fire investigation unit is working on a report that could shed more light on such questions as precisely where the fire started, what caused it and how it spread. Fairfield Fire Battalion Chief Bob Stoffel said on Monday that the report has yet to be issued.
Nor has Fairfield issued a damage estimate, though Stoffel said the amount should top $1 million. Getting an estimate involves such things as working with multiple insurance companies and with AT&T, which suffered damage to a boom truck and cars at its corporation yard, Stoffel said.
The Marigold Drive fire broke out Aug. 27 along Interstate 80, spread to the other side of a sound wall and left five homes uninhabitable and 10 others damaged, according to the Fairfield Fire Department. At one point, the blaze threatened to burn even more homes and a 180-unit apartment complex and reach such North Texas Street businesses as Texas Roadhouse.
Fairfield Public Works Director George Hicks on Monday said the city had plenty of water available to fight the fire, some 11,000 gallons per minute. The standard for residential neighborhoods is 1,250 gallons per minute.
In general, the Marigold Drive neighborhood would have about 6,000 gallons of water per minute available to fight fires. But after the 2011 Macro Plastics fire, the city put in place a way to manipulate its water system to raise water supplies for fires that are three alarms and greater, Hicks said.
The Marigold Drive fire was seven alarms. The Macro Plastics fire was six alarms.
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