A fire that ripped through a Concord warehouse late Wednesday
night burned dangerously close to a propane tank and destroyed outbuildings
and vehicles, fire officials said Thursday.
Fire crews responded around 11 p.m. to the one-alarm fire, which
burned at an industrial building at 2250 Via De Mercados that houses a towing
company and a U-Haul truck rental franchise, Contra Costa County Fire
Protection District inspector George Laing said.
Crews reported seeing the fire from about a mile away as they were
heading to the scene.
When they arrived, they struggled to gain access to the property
and had to force open a locked gate, Laing said.
In addition to the warehouse, the fire burned two outbuildings, an
adjacent travel trailer and two vehicles parked outside.
Two other vehicles inside the warehouse also burned, and the
flames came close to a propane tank inside the building but it didn't
explode, Laing said.
Firefighters were able to get the blaze under control in about 20
The fire caused an estimated $250,000 in damage, the fire
No injuries were reported.
Investigators have not yet determined what caused the blaze, but
Laing said it likely started in one of the outbuildings.
He said the fire crews' delay in gaining entry into the property
likely allowed the flames to spread.
"The more quickly we get to the fire, the smaller the fire will be
and the less damage there will be," he said.
Commercial property owners within the Contra Costa Fire Protection
District with questions about fire department access to commercial buildings
are advised to call (925) 941-3300.