Jeers to the devastation wrought by Tuesday’s seven-alarm fire that started along eastbound Interstate 80 and quickly spread into a nearby neighborhood along Marigold Drive.
The fire destroyed five homes, burning two nearly to the ground. Another 10 homes were damaged by fire to a greater or lesser extent. Vehicles at a nearby AT&T yard were burned. Some 40 acres of tall, dry grasses were scorched. A city fire officials said damage will exceed $1 million, although an official damage estimate has not been determined.
We suspect the fire started when some careless motorist on I-80 tossed a lit cigarette out the window while heading east through town. The investigation into the actual cause continues, but if we’re correct:
Jeers to that thoughtless act.
Despite the destruction, it’s not difficult to find something to cheer about in the fire’s aftermath.
Cheers that no one was killed – or even injured – as a result of the fire.
Cheers that the network of allied firefighters we see on display at huge wildfires such as the Rim Fire in Yosemite National Park carries through to local emergencies. Some 200 firefighters descended on Fairfield to fight Tuesday’s fire. They came from nearby community agencies, from Travis Air Force Base, from neighboring counties and from the state.
Cheers to the almost-immediate response from the community to support those whose homes were damaged or destroyed by the fire.
That includes those behind the new Solano Community Support Coalition, which got its start Wednesday at the urging of the pastor at Liberty Christian Center. The coalition of churches, nonprofits, health and social services providers and local businesses will work to meet the specific needs of each family affected by the fire.
For example, representatives of 10 churches have already said their congregations will adopt a family to help meet their needs.
Cheers to local businesses who have stepped up to help out. They include the Grocery Outlet, Fairfield Ford Lincoln, Benicia Grill in Fairfield, and The Linus Group, a marketing company in Fairfield. Local home improvement stores have also contacted the city to see how they can best help Marigold Drive residents.
The response shows that we live in a wonderful, caring community.