Structure Fire in Daly City

On January 28, 2013 at 1:18 p.m., 5 Fire Companies, 2 Chief Officers and 1 Fire Investigator responded to a report of a structure fire at 166 Parkview Avenue in Daly City.

The first arriving Chief Officer reported smoke showing from the front entrance of the two-story apartment building. Fire companies made access to the interior of the building and located the fire in the walls of the structure and using hose lines extinguished the fire. All residents were able to safely evacuate and fire companies remained on scene for approximately two hours checking for further extension of the fire and completing overhaul operations.

Two apartments sustained damage resulting in four adults and one child being displaced. Red Cross was contacted to coordinate alternate living arrangements with the victims and there were no injuries to civilians or fire personnel.

The fire cause and origin is being conducted by the fire investigators from the Fire Prevention Services Bureau.  The North County Fire Authority wants to remind everyone of the importance of installing and maintaining smoke detectors.

Single Alarm Structure Fire in Pacifica

On December 26, 2012 at 6:44 p.m., 6 Fire Companies, 2 Chief Officers and 1 Fire Investigator responded to a report of structure fire at 548 Palmetto Avenue in Pacifica.

The first arriving fire company reported a working fire inside the bathroom of the single family residence. Fire companies made entry into the home and using hose lines extinguished the fire, which was confined to the room of origin. There were no injuries involved and crews remained on scene for approximately two hours checking for further extension of the fire and completing overhaul. Two adults and two children were displaced from the home and Red Cross was contacted to provide alternate living arrangements for the family.  

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Fire Prevention Bureau and the North County Fire Authority wants to remind everyone of the importance of installing and maintaining smoke detectors in their home.

Cliff Rescue on Skyline Boluevard & Olympic Way in Daly City

On December 11, 2012 4:24a.m., 3 Fire Companies, 1 Rescue Unit and 1 Chief Officer responded to a cliff rescue in the area of Skyline Boulevard & Olympic Way in Daly City. The first arriving fire company reported a single vehicle approximately 300 feet down the cliffside. Fire crews set up a cliff rescue operation using a winch to gain access to the victim. Fire paramedics evaluated, packaged and carried to the top of the bluff where he was transferred to an ambulance and transported to a local area hospital for further evaluation and treatment. 

The incident was mitigated in approximately one hour and the accident is being investigated by the California Highway Patrol.

Single Alarm Structure Fire in Pacifica

On November 28, 2012 at 5:32 a.m., 6 Fire Companies, 3 Chief Officers and 1 Fire Investigator responded to a report of structure fire at 1344 Peralta Road in Pacifica.

The first arriving fire company reported a working fire with power lines down in the area. Fire companies made entry into the home and using hose lines extinguished the fire, which was confined to a bedroom. There were no injuries involved either to the single resident inside the home at the time or fire personnel, and crews remained on scene for approximately two hours completing overhaul.  

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Fire Prevention Services Bureau. The North County Fire Authority wants to remind everyone of the importance of installing and maintaining smoke detectors in their home.

Second Alarm Structure Fire in Daly City

On November 21, 2012 at 9:46 a.m., 9 Fire Companies, 5 Chief Officers and 1 Fire Investigator responded to a report of structure fire at 480 Westlake Avenue in Daly City.

The first arriving fire company reported a working fire with smoke and flames coming from the roof of the two-story single family residence. Fire companies made entry into the home and using hose lines extinguished the fire, which had extended to the exterior of an adjoining home. All residents were able to safely evacuate the home with the assistance of several city employees who were in the area at the time and one resident was transported to a local area hospital for smoke inhalation. Fire crews remained on scene for several hours checking for further extension of the fire and completing overhaul. Red Cross was contacted to provide alternate living arrangements and support for six adults and three children who were displaced from the fire.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Fire Prevention Bureau and the North County Fire Authority wants to remind everyone of the importance of installing and maintaining smoke detectors in their home.

Holiday Safety Tips

The Holidays are an exciting time for everyone. Festive lights, ornamented trees, candles and other in-home decorations are not the only indicators that the holidays are upon us. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), December and January are the peak months for the overall number of home fires, deaths and injuries. Families looking to spread holiday cheer should also be aware that an average of 240 home fires starts with Christmas trees which have caused on average 13 deaths, 27 injuries and $16.7 million in direct property damage on an annual basis. Keeping this in mind, the North County Fire Authority wants to remind everyone in the community the importance of having a safe holiday season. The following safety tips will ensure a memorable holiday for everyone:   

 – Install a smoke and carbon monoxide detector on every level of your home. Test detector batteries every month and change them at least once a year.

– Do not place your tree close to a heat source, including fireplace or heat vent. The heat will dry out the tree and cause it to more easily ignite by heat, flame or sparks.

– Never put holiday tree branches or needles in a fireplace or wood-burning stove.

– When the tree becomes dry, discard it promptly. The best way to dispose of your tree is to take it outside to have it collected by the community pick-up service.

– Inspect holiday lights each year for frayed wire, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets and excessive kinking or wear.

– Use only lighting evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).

– Do not overload outlets. Connect strings of lights to an extension cord before plugging the cord into the outlet.

– Do not leave holiday lights unattended.

– Avoid using lit candles. If you do use them, make sure they are in stable holders and place them where they cannot be knocked over easily.

– Never leave the house with candles burning.

You may obtain additional information on general fire safety at www.northcountyfire.org.

Single Alarm Structure Fire in Daly City

On October 23, 2012 at 5:39 p.m., 6 Fire Companies, 2 Chief Officers and 1 Fire Investigator responded to a report of structure fire at 1289 S. Mayfair Avenue in Daly City.

The first arriving fire company reported a working fire with smoke and flames coming from an upstairs window of the two-story single family residence. Fire companies made entry into the home and using hose lines extinguished the fire. There were no residents home at the time and the fire was contained to a bedroom with extensive smoke damage throughout the home. There were no injuries to fire personnel, and crews remained on scene for several hours checking for further extension of the fire and completing overhaul.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Fire Prevention Bureau and the North County Fire Authority wants to remind everyone of the importance of installing and maintaining smoke detectors in their home.

2nd Alarm Structure Fire in Pacifica

On October 18, 2012 at 12:58 p.m., 9 Fire Companies, 8 Chief Officers, 1 Breathing Support Unit, 2 Fire Investigators and 1 Information Officer responded to a report of a structure fire at 1014 Big Bend Drive in Pacifica.

The first arriving fire company reported a working structure fire with smoke and flames coming from the two-story single family residence and immediately requested additional resources. Using hose lines firefighters gained access to the home an extinguished the fire. One resident at home at the time was able to safely evacuate prior to fire personnel’s arrival. There was extensive damage to the first and second floor of the home and fire crews remained on scene for several hours completing extensive overhaul.  

There were no residents or firefighters injured however, the three residents were displaced from the home and were able to find alternate living arrangements. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Fire Prevention Bureau and the North County Fire Authority wants to remind everyone of the importance of installing and maintaining smoke detectors in their home.

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is an exciting time for kids. Keeping this in mind, the North County Fire Authority wants to remind everyone in the community the importance of having a safe Halloween. The following safety tips will ensure a fun holiday for everyone:

-Ensure costumes, wigs, masks and props are labeled flame-resistant or flame-retardant. When making a costume choose material that won’t easily ignite if it comes in contact with heat or flame. Avoid costumes that are too big or billowing.

-Provide children with lightweight flashlights to carry as part of their costume.

-Supervise children at all times.

-Remind children of safety rules about crossing the street and watch for children darting out between cars.

-Be sure children know how to stop, drop and roll in the event their clothing catches on fire (stop immediately, drop to the ground, covering your face with your hands, and roll over and over to extinguish flames).

-Consider using flashlights or battery-operated candles when illuminating Jack-O-Lanterns.

-Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.

-If hosting a party, keep exits clear of decorations, ensuring nothing blocks escape routes.

-Use flashlights as alternatives to candles or torch lights when decorating walkways and yards.

You may obtain additional information on general fire safety at www.northcountyfire.org.

Daylight Savings Time Safety Message

With the upcoming need to turn your clocks back one hour on November 4th, the North County Fire Authority wants to remind everyone to be sure to change the batteries in both their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout their homes. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are one of the cheapest ways to protect your family in the event of a fire or accidental release of carbon monoxide gas. But that protection is only possible when these units are kept in proper working order, and when everyone in your family knows what each of them sounds like and how family members should respond.

Each month, you should test each detector to make sure they are working properly. Simply press the test button located on the face of each unit and wait for the beep. Every six months, conveniently when you change the clocks in your home, change the batteries in both types of detectors.

The monthly testing of these detectors is also the perfect opportunity to conduct a family fire/evacuation drill in your home. Every family should create and practice an E.D.I.T.H. Plan (Exit Drills in The Home) designed by all members of the household. When families regularly practice their E.D.I.T.H. Plan, they can make sure that everyone confidently knows what to do in an emergency, be it a fire, earthquake or extreme weather situation. In the event of an emergency, knowing how to evacuate your home safely and gather at your meeting place is the most important part.

For more information on smoke and carbon monoxide detectors you can go to www.northcountyfire.org and click on the Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detector Icon.