Thursday, August 21, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Suspicious fire scorches Opportunity House supply container

Fire

Erik Hamilton helps move fire damaged goods at the Opportunity House Thrift store on Peabody Road in Vacaville, Saturday. Firefighters responded to an early morning fire of burning pallets next to two storage units that housed goods for the Opportunity House shelter. The cause of the fire is unknown. (Adam Smith/Daily Republic)

By
From page A4 | February 16, 2014 |

VACAVILLE — An early morning blaze scorched a storage container behind the Opportunity House Thrift Store Saturday.

The fire destroyed the contents of the steel shipping container, leaving the Opportunity House shelter without essential paper goods, such as toilet paper and diapers.

Opportunity House Executive Director Colleen Erdes said she and the thrift store manager were called to the scene to find Vacaville firefighters battling the blaze.

The fire department got the first call at 1:04 a.m. and engines were on scene by 1:10 a.m.

“By the time I got here, they had sent back one of the trucks and said, ‘We got this,’ ” Erdes said. “But then the captain saw more smoke coming up and so he decided to open up the (container) and check and, yeah, that wasn’t good.”

The sudden rush of oxygen to the smoldering contents inside the steel container caused a backdraft effect, but no one was injured, Erdes said.

By the time the firefighters had the flames knocked down, the damage was apparent.

“It was a melted, icky mess,” Erdes said.

The container affected by the fire also stored the decorations for the Annual Festival of Trees fundraiser.

Melted stacks of what appeared to be plastic snowflakes sat under a stack of shelving frames and racks in the front of the container.

At the rear of the container sat the charred remains of the wooden shipping pallets Erdes said may have been the origin of the blaze.

She called the fire suspicious, but stopped short of calling it arson.

“The guys at the car wash (next door) said they’ve got some stuff on their video,” Erdes said, adding that the fire department told her there have been some trash bin fires in the area lately.

The Vacaville Fire Department confirmed that the fire was suspicious in nature.

Battalion Chief Phil Sanner said it is actively being investigated and that the fire did originate outside the container.

Sanner said firefighters had the exterior flames down within five minutes of arriving on scene.

The interior fire took about 50 minutes to extinguish, he said.

Firefighters cleared the scene at 2:57 a.m.

Right now, Erdes said her focus is on getting the supplies she needs for the shelter.

“So we’ve lost all our toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, diapers,” she said. “And we have 38 people in our shelter right now, so it’s not like we don’t need a lot of it every day. It is stuff we need all the time. Diapers right now are a pretty immediate need because they’re expensive and kids don’t stop going to the bathroom.”

Reach Mike Copros at 427-6979 or mcorpos@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/mcorposdr.

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 2 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Skeptic ScroogeFebruary 16, 2014 - 3:34 am

    Wow! I cannot wait to read the follow up to this story so that we can all know who the culprit is! My wager it's an inside job to garner sympathy from a community that already gives hand over foot! In fact they are benefitting from a fundraiser in less than 3 Weeks, the just between friends community childrens sale in vv. All those 38 people can take a dollar from their welfare check that they still receive while staying in a shelter and get mega rolls and diapers from the dollar store instead of daily smokes n grape juice. I hope the police "crack" down hard on the culprit, who probably has links to other recent cry me a river let's garner sympathy by playing the victim card. oh knight in shining armpits rescue me! Will work for toilet paper! Life is so tragic for me! SERIOUSLY, let us all donate a roll of toilet paper to the food bank of contra Solano so that the squares can be equally distributed to those in need and stop rewarding those who would mastermind attention through criminal acts! Obviously these people need toilet paper! And diapers. Let me tell you about an excellent program out of Reno that this area should model: Diaper bank Free package per diaper aged child per week. That guardian presents an id when applying, along with birth certificates, proof of income, referral from other program such as Wic. Children must be present each week. Before diapers get handed out the upcs are removed to prevent fraud. Additionally, bonus packages can be earned by taking free classes that teach better decision making, financial management. One central diaper bank solves all. Having lived nearby, I know that the residents will continue to ask for "diaper money" even if the shelters provide diapers, because its an easy sympathy sucker move to get you to part with your $$! Go ahead and "Pamper" babies, but make the system centrally accountable & equitable in distribution!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • ENEDINA GARCIAFebruary 16, 2014 - 1:51 pm

    THATS REALLY BAD CAUSE PEOPLE DONT RESPECT THOSE WHO HELP THE ONES IN NEED.NOW ARE THE SUSPECTS GOING TO TAKE MONEY OUT OF THEIR POCKETS? WELL KARMA IS REALLY SOMETHING SO WHAT GOES AROUND BELIEVE ME WILL COME BACK TO YOU.KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK OPPURTUNITY HOUSE

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

First day back to school brings laughter, jitters

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Potrero Hills Landfill legal appeals exhausted

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A1

Railroad crossing stalemate continues

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A1

 
Breakfast after the Bell wins support

By Mayrene Bates | From Page: A2

Fairfield candidates hear about lean, nimble city staff

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
 
Suisun city employees get pay raise

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A3

Girls on the Run seeks volunteer life coaches

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A4

 
College finalizes police department takeover, OKs bond plan

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A4

 
Free e-waste collection to benefit Scarlet Brigade

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

Fairfield mayor to appear at GOP dinner

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

 
Fairfield police log: Aug. 19, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A10

Suisun City police log: Aug. 19, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A10

 
Weather for Aug. 21, 2014

By Daily Republic | From Page: B10

.

US / World

Governor criticizes new-hire pension enhancements

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
US mission to rescue hostages in Syria failed

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

US official: More airstrikes in Iraq

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
Beheading spurs new attacks on Islamic militants

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

Militants use British killer as propaganda

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
School sorry for making special ed kids sort trash

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

Police seek mystery pair in selfies after burglary

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

 
Teens deny threatening boy in school shooting plot

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Panel OKs state librarian despite initial concerns

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Navy kicks out 34 for nuke cheating

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

CHP says officer may face serious beating charges

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
8 homes destroyed, 1,500 threatened by wildfire

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Drought has state debating its unregulated pumping

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Holder says he understands mistrust of police

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Liberian slums barricaded as Ebola sets new record

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
North Korea insults John Kerry over his looks

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Ukrainian govt troops take over much of Luhansk

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Picture emerges of officer in Ferguson shooting

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

.

Opinion

 
Tell the story, don’t be it

By Ruben Navarrette | From Page: A7

Everyone can benefit from ‘the talk’

By Kelvin Wade | From Page: A7

 
We’re spending way too much on raising our kids

By Megan Mcardle | From Page: A7

Editorial Cartoons: Aug. 21, 2014

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

 
California needs pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A7

.

Living

Today in History: Aug. 21, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Community Calendar: Aug. 21, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

Horoscopes: Aug. 21, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: A9

 
Why do parents drink alcohol after their children’s games?

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: A9

.

Entertainment

TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A5

 
And the Emmy winners are…? We’re happy to guess!

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6 | Gallery

Aniston, Hamm, Hudson set to Stand Up to Cancer

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
Emmys: Billy Crystal to pay tribute to Williams

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6 | Gallery

.

Sports

Peavy pitches Giants to 8-3 win over Cubs

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
WR Stevie Johnson adds depth to 49ers

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Fairfield boxer Avila set to put perfect 15-0 record on the line

By Brian Arnold | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Giants win protest, rain-shortened game to resume Thursday

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

A’s stumble and must regroup with Angels coming

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Raiders FB Reece’s injury not as bad as feared

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Las Vegas spoils Mo’ne’s night, beats Philly 8-1

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Sharks F Torres undergoes surgery on right knee

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

US routs Dominicans in exhibition as Rose rests

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Schilling blames chewing tobacco for mouth cancer

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Reality check for Phelps at Pan Pacific Champs

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Kent State starting center dies at 21

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Serena Williams seeded No. 1 at US Open; Halep 2nd

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Tony Stewart skipping 3rd straight race after Ward’s death

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

This date in sports history for Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
Sports on TV for Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B4

.

Business

Brine firm sues over biblical fracking billboard

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

 
Apple’s stock bounces back to hit a new high

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

BofA reaches $17B settlement with US

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

 
.

Obituaries

George ‘Wayne’ Hause

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Sharon Ilene Boyd

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

David G. Gibson

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Charles (Chuck) H. Doty

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

.

Comics

Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

 
Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

 
Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9