Press releases from Humboldt Bay Fire:
At 4:11a.m. on Friday, March 25, 2022 Humboldt Bay Fire was dispatched to report of a house on fire on the 6100 block of Beechwood Drive.
Four engines and one Battalion Chief responded and made their way down the long, narrow drive to find flames stretching up through the roof of a single-story home.
The home was already 50% involved with fire when crews arrived and began fire attack. Thankfully, both occupants of the home had already made it out with one of their dogs. Unfortunately, the other dog did not make it out of the home and ultimately perished in the fire.
After all was said and done, crews spent about two and a half hours on scene extinguishing the fire and there were no civilian or firefighter injuries. Our hearts go out to the family who lost their dog. The home was a total loss with an estimated $350,000 in damage. American Red Cross services were offered to the family to help with temporary housing.
After an investigation, the cause of the fire was determined to be accidental due to smoking materials left too close to combustible materials.
Humboldt Bay Fire would like to thank PG&E, City Ambulance of Eureka, and Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance on scene. We would also like to remind the public that, if you have a fire in your home, no matter how small, call 9-1-1 right away- don’t delay.
At 9:31a.m. on Friday, March 25, 2022 Humboldt Bay Fire was dispatched to report of large amounts of smoke flowing from an attached garage with no answer from anyone inside.
Humboldt Bay Fire responded with three engines, one ladder truck, and two Chief Officers and declared a working fire. The first crew in entered the home to search for residents and to contain the fire to the garage. Next, crews used a K-12 Rescue Saw to make entry into the garage through the electric garage door which wasn’t operational due to fire damage occurring inside. Once inside, crews were able to extinguisher the fire before it spread to the interior of the home.
There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters as a result of this fire, and fire damage to the garage as well as smoke damage to the home is estimated at $25,000.
An investigation of the fire determined that it started in the garage as a result of fireplace ashes which were not completely cooled stored in a paper bag near combustibles.
Humboldt Bay Fire would like to thank HBF Fire Support for traffic control on scene.
Humboldt Bay Fire would also like to remind the public to soak ashes in water in metal containers outside and away from combustibles for several days until they are completely cool to the touch before disposing of them.