2nd Alarm Structure Fire in Pacifica

On August 21, 2020, at 12:56 p.m., 11 Fire Companies, 4 Chief Officers, 1 Breathing Support Unit and 1 Fire Investigator responded to a structure fire at 1001 Everglades Drive in the City of Pacifica.

The first arriving fire company found thick black smoke coming from the rear yard of a two-story, single family home. Firefighters made entry through the front door and side family room door and found heavy smoke, with flames coming from the rear bedroom and family room. Using hose lines, firefighters were able to contain the fire to those two rooms, with heavy smoke damage throughout the rest of the home.

Fire companies remained on scene for over 3 hours checking for fire extension, and completing overhaul and mop up operations. Three residents were displaced by the fire and received housing assistance through the Red Cross. There were no injuries to any of the occupants or firefighters, however, a Siamese cat died as a result of the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the North County Fire Prevention Services Division. The North County Fire Authority wants to remind everyone of the importance of installing and maintaining smoke alarms in their homes.

Structure Fire in Daly City

On July 18, 2020, at 8:12 a.m., 6 Fire Companies, 2 Chief Officers and one 1 Fire Investigator responded to a structure fire at 6 Bismark Street in the City of Daly City.

Firefighters made forcible entry into the first floor of a two-story duplex and found heavy smoke throughout the unit with flames coming from the kitchen. Firefighters searched the unit and found an unconscious adult male and child in the rear bedroom. Firefighter/Paramedics treated both victims at the scene and were transported by private ambulance to a local hospital.

Using hose lines, firefighters were able to contain the fire to the kitchen with smoke damage throughout the rest of the unit.

Fire companies remained on scene for over 4 hours checking for fire extension and completing overhaul and mop up operations. There were no injuries to any of the firefighters. The fire is under investigation by the North County Fire Authority Fire Prevention Division and the Daly City Police Department.

The North County Fire Authority wants to remind everyone of the importance of installing and maintaining smoke alarms in their homes.

Fourth of July Celebration

As our nation prepares to honor Independence Day, the North County Fire Authority wants to remind all that only “Safe and Sane” fireworks purchased at permitted locations designed within the City of Pacifica can be discharged during the Fourth of July celebration. NOTE: The City of Brisbane and City of Daly City do not allow or permit the use of fireworks and fines and penalties for the distribution and/or use of illegal fireworks have increased and will be enforced.

As in previous years the North County Fire Authority will be augmenting staffing on the July 4th holiday in preparation of potential emergencies. We need the public’s assistance in avoiding the use of illegal fireworks, which can cause fires, injury, death and may exceed or overwhelm emergency response resource capabilities.

Fourth of July celebrations are the cause of a great number of fires and burn injuries due to the misuse and mishandling of fireworks. Nationally, more than $40 million in property is damaged each year due to fireworks, as well hospitals across the nation report thousands of cases of burn injuries caused by fireworks. Additionally, most firework burn injuries involve children and are usually burns to the hands and eyes causing vision impairment and disfigurement.

The City of Pacifica allows legal, “Safe & Sane” fireworks for the July 4th holiday. However, the Pacifica City Council adopted an “Illegal Fireworks Social Host Ordinance” to curb rampant use of illegal fireworks and is designed to hold those hosting gatherings responsible for illegal firework activity. Further, the ordinance has strict liability, meaning the person owning or renting the property (the Social Host) is liable for the discharge of illegal fireworks regardless of involvement or knowledge. The ordinance also pertains to any person who hosts, organizes, supervises, officiates, conducts, or accepts responsibility for a gathering on public or private property. Additionally, if a minor is found discharging illegal fireworks, the person having care, custody or control of the minor is strictly liable for the illegal activity and subject to fine. The penalty for a violation of the “Illegal Fireworks Social Host Ordinance” is $1,000 and is levied as an administrative fine by the City of Pacifica.

The North County Fire Authority encourages everyone to follow all directions on “Safe and Sane” fireworks if utilized in the City of Pacifica, and to take the following safety precautions:

• Use only legal fireworks approved by the California State Fire Marshal.
• Inspect all fireworks. Never use damaged or leaking fireworks.
• Never give fireworks to a small child.

• Store fireworks in a cool and dry place.
• Ignite only a single firework at a time.
• Use a shovel to drop any malfunctioning or used fireworks into a pail of water.
• Keep spectators back a safe distance of at least 10 feet.
• Use fireworks in a clear area at least 20 feet away from a house, wood fence or brush.
• Ignite fireworks in a large, safe, level area of dirt, pavement or gravel at least 10 feet square in size.
• Keep an extra pail of water, charged garden hose or fire extinguisher at the ready.
• Do not point fireworks at anyone.
• If someone is injured or a fire is started, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Use only legal fireworks approved by the California State Fire Marshal.
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Structure Fire in Brisbane

On April 15th, 2020, at 1:13 a.m., 6 Fire Companies, 2 Chief Officers, and 1 Fire Investigator responded to a residential structure fire at 653 Sierra Point Rd in the City of Brisbane.

The first arriving fire company found the outside corner of the house on fire with flames extending into the living areas of the home. Firefighters pulled hose lines both to the outside of the structure and to the interior of the house. They conducted search and rescue operations while quickly extinguishing the fire. Firefighters were able to contain the fire with an aggressive attack and determined that there were no residents at the home during the fire.

Fire companies remained on scene for four and half hours checking for fire extension and completing salvage and overhaul operations. There were no injuries to any civilians or fire personnel on scene.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the North County Fire Prevention Services Division.

The North County Fire Authority wants to remind everyone of the importance of installing and maintaining smoke alarms in their homes.

Structure Fire in Daly City

On March 18, 2020, at 11:52 p.m., 11 Fire Companies, 1 Breathing Support, 4 Chief Officers, and 1 Fire Investigator responded to a residential structure fire at 244 Westbrook Avenue in the City of Daly City.

The first arriving fire company found a fully involved garage on fire with flames extending and spreading to the second story of a single-family home. Firefighters made entry into the building and simultaneously conducted search, rescue and suppression operations using fire service hose lines. Firefighters were able to contain the fire with an aggressive attack and effective response force. There were no residents that needed rescue, as all exited the home successfully.

Fire companies remained on scene for four and half hours checking for fire extension and completing salvage and overhaul operations. Eleven residents and two pets were displaced by the fire and were provided housing assistance through the American Red Cross. There were no injuries to any of the residents, pets, or firefighters.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the North County Fire Prevention Services Division.

The North County Fire Authority wants to remind everyone of the importance of installing and maintaining smoke alarms in their homes.

Structure Fire in Pacifica

On March 16, 2020, at 4:28 a.m., 4 Fire Companies, 1 Chief Officer and 1 Fire Investigator responded to a structure fire at 5151 Cabrillo Highway in the City of Pacifica.

The first arriving fire company found smoke and flames coming from the roof of a single story, municipal storm water pump station/public bathroom building. Firefighters made forcible entry through the front doors of the pump station and found heavy smoke and flames in this room and extending into the nearby bathrooms. Firefighters used hose lines and a master stream appliance deployed from the top of an aerial ladder truck to extinguish the fire.

Fire companies remained on scene for over 2 hours checking for fire extension, and completing overhaul and mop up operations. The building was not occupied at the time of the fire and there were no injuries to any of the or firefighters.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the North County Fire Prevention Services Division.

Vegetation Fire – San Bruno Mountain County Park

On February 28, 2019 at 10:03 a.m., 11 Fire Companies, 2 Water Tenders, 1 Fire Investigator, 1 CAL-FIRE Helicopter, 2 CAL-FIRE Hand Crews, 4 Chief Officers Helicopter3 Chief responded to a vegetation fire in San Bruno Mountain County Park on the Northside of Guadalupe Canyon Parkway, near the City of Daly City.

The first arriving fire company found approximately ½ acres of fire in heavy brush burning at a slow rate of spread. Fire companies with assistance from additional firefighters, hand crews and a helicopter were able to contain the fire to 6.1 acres.

No structures were threatened by the fire and there were no injuries to any of the firefighters or civilians. Fire companies will remain on scene throughout the night and into the next day checking for hot spots and completing overhaul operations.

This fire was not within the jurisdiction of North County Fire Authority. The incident was on County and State responsibility land, therefore the cause of the fire is under investigation by CAL-FIRE.

The North County Fire Authority wants to remind everyone that even during the winter months, especially during this time of dry winter weather fuels can still burn, so please be mindful and always firesafe.

Structure Fire in Brisbane

On February 24, 2020, at 2:37 a.m., 6 Fire Companies and 2 Chief Officers responded to a structure fire at 34 Visitacion Avenue in the City of Brisbane.

The first arriving fire company found smoke coming from the second floor of a three-story apartment building. Firefighters made entry into the second-floor unit and found smoke and flames coming from the kitchen with fire extending up through the wall area into two apartment units directly above and onto the roof. Using hose lines, firefighters were able to contain the fire to those areas.

Fire companies remained on scene for 2.5 hours checking for fire extension and completing overhaul and mop up operations. Two residents were displaced by the fire and were provided with housing assistance through the American Red Cross. There were no injuries to any of the occupants or firefighters. The cause of the fire was due to cooking.

The North County Fire Authority wants to remind everyone of the importance of installing and maintaining smoke alarms in their homes.

 

Structure Fire in Daly City

On February 19, 2020, at 2:59 p.m., 6 Fire Companies, 2 Chief Officers, 1 Breathing Support Unit and 1 Fire Investigator responded to a structure fire at 563 Vista Grande Avenue in the City of Daly City.

The first arriving fire company found smoke coming out of the attic and eave vents of a two-story, single family home. Firefighters made entry through the front door and found heavy smoke with flames coming from the bathroom wall that also connected to the home at 575 Vista Grande Avenue. Using hose lines, firefighters were able to contain the fire to the wall and attic area, with smoke damage throughout the rest of the homes.

Fire companies remained on scene for 3 hours checking for fire extension, and completing overhaul and mop up operations. Seven residents were displaced by the fire and were provided with housing assistance through the American Red Cross. There were no injuries to any of the occupants or firefighters.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the North County Fire Prevention Services Division.

The North County Fire Authority wants to remind everyone of the importance of installing and maintaining smoke alarms in their homes.

Structure Fire in Daly City

On February 15, 2020, at 09:17 p.m., 11 Engine Companies, 1 Breathing Support Unit, 3 Chief Officers, and 1 Fire Investigator responded to a report of a house fire at 1137 Hanover Street in the City of Daly City.

The first arriving fire company was on scene within minutes after being dispatched and reported heavy smoke and flames coming from the middle of the second floor of the single-family home. Firefighters used fire service hose lines to confine the fire to the second floor. There were fire and smoke damage throughout the second floor of the dwelling, as well as minor damage to the first floor.

The fire was controlled due to an aggressive fire attack. Complete extinguishment and overhaul were completed in approximately four hours and thirty minutes. One adult resident was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries occurred while escaping the fire; no firefighters were injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Fire Prevention Division.

The North County Fire Authority wants to remind everyone of the importance of installing and maintaining smoke detectors in their home.