Fire along 200 block of Wexford Street

Vacaville firefighters inspect the damage to a garage along the 200 block of Wexford Street after a flaming gas meter appeared to have caused a fire Thursday in Vacaville. (Conner Jay/Daily Republic)


Gas meter leak likely fuels Vacaville home fire

By From page A3 | February 01, 2013

VACAVILLE — Firefighters were able to shut off a flaming gas meter Thursday before the fire spread to a residence.

The fire started just before 2 p.m. on the 200 block of Wexford Street in the Browns Valley area. The cause of the fire was still under investigation.

When crews arrived, the rear of a truck in the driveway was on fire. A nearby gas meter had also caught fire, causing a crack, said Battalion Chief Jeff Ryder.

Ryder said gas spewing from the meter likely caused the fire to spread more quickly. He said although the meter was damaged, the handle remained and a firefighter was able to shut if off.

The front exterior corner of the garage suffered the brunt of the damage, with some flames creeping into the interior. Ryder said crews were able to extinguish the flames before it spread too much into the attic.

Police originally shut down the street and asked residents to stay in their homes until the gas meter was ruled to not be a threat.

No one was home at the time of the fire and no one was injured, Ryder said.

Reach Danny Bernardini at 427-6935 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/dbernardinidr.

Danny Bernardini

Danny Bernardini

Danny is a newspaper man born and raised in Vacaville. He attended Chico State University and has written for the Enterprise Record and the Reporter. Covers the City of Fairfield, education and crime. A's, Warriors and Saints fan. Listener of vinyl, frequent visitor to the East Bay. Registered "decline to state" voter. Loves a good steak.

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