On July 24, 2021, at 5:51 p.m., 6 Fire Companies, 2 Chief Officers 1 Fire Investigator responded to a structure fire at 12 Ortega Court in the City of Pacifica.
The first arriving fire company found smoke coming from the eaves of a one story, single family home. Firefighters made forcible entry through the front door and found heavy smoke throughout the home with flames coming from a rear, corner bedroom and hallway, which also broke through the ceiling and into the attic above. Firefighters began search and rescue operations throughout the home, but found no occupants. Flames from the rear bedroom also broke out the bedroom window, catching a tree on fire in the back yard of the home. Using hose lines, firefighters were able to contain the fire to those areas, with heavy smoke damage throughout the rest of the home.
Fire companies remained on scene for over 2 hours checking for fire extension and completing overhaul and mop up operations. Eight residents were displaced by the fire and provided their own housing arrangements. There were no injuries to any of the occupants or firefighters. 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 alarms in their homes.