Suisun City

Suisun City fire burns shed, scorches palm tree

By From page A6 | July 16, 2014

SUISUN CITY — A fire Monday night burned a backyard storage shed and damaged a palm tree but didn’t reach the house on the 600 block of Klamath Drive, Suisun City Fire Chief Mike O’Brien said.

Max Tanzo, 67, a retired mechanic for Bay Area Rapid Transit, lives in the house and was upstairs after returning from golfing when he said the arrival of firefighters alerted him to the blaze in his backyard.

Next door neighbor Ruth Forney said firefighters responded quickly to the fire reported at 8:18 p.m.

“It could have easily jumped that fence,” she said.

“It was scary,” Forney said. “It was so close to us.”

Chief O’Brien estimated damages from the fire at $8,000. The burning palm tree was a concern because the trees can throw off all sorts of sparks, he said.

The chief said he doesn’t know if a cause for the fire will be found.

The Suisun Fire Protection District and Fairfield Fire Department also responded to the fire, O’Brien said.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy


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  • patrickJuly 15, 2014 - 2:35 pm

    More likely caused by a palm tree growing up into the power lines. Take a look in your neighborhood and note how many trees are interfering with PG&E power lines. I have called them and informed them of problems in the past.----- NO RESULTS. They react after the fact.

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  • AustinJuly 15, 2014 - 2:58 pm

    That area is all underground wiring.

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  • Susie Q.July 15, 2014 - 3:24 pm

    Trees in your backyard or on your property are your responsibility to maintain and keep trimmed and away from power lines.

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  • patrickJuly 15, 2014 - 4:26 pm

    Susie q -- not true pg&e is. The state of ca has won lawsuits against them for failure to maintain their right of way. They are responsible for 2 and a half feet on either side of their poles. If you plant a tree underneath their power lines and it has to be trimmed they will do it free of charge. Happens all the time in my neighborhood.

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