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Massive Fire Consumes Apartment Building Under Construction In Concord


THE FIVE-STORY STRUCTURE UNDER CONSTRUCTION… ERUPTED IN FLAMES EARLY THIS MORNING… ON GALINDO STREET.. NEAR WILLOW PASS ROAD. THAT’S WHERE KPIX 5’S JESSICA FLORES IS RIGHT NOW.. JESSICA: EVEN THOUGH THE FIRE IS OUT.. THIS IS STILL A PRETTY DANGEROUS SITUATION? RIGHT NOW CREWS ARE STILL HERE…SOME 11 HOURS LATER…MONITORING FOR HOT SPOTS…THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE THIS FIRE DOESN’T REKINDLE AND THE BUILDING DOESN’T COLLAPSE BEFORE LETTING NEIGHBORS BACK INTO THEIR APARTMENTS… PKG: THE FLAMES SPREAD QUICKLY AROUND 1AM… SHOOTING INTO THE AIR FIVE STORIES HIGH… ONE SIDE OF THE EMPTY BUILDING COLLAPSED…AS THE WOOD FRAMING FUELED THE FIRE… THE MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT–THE SECOND PHASE OF THE RENAISSANCE APARTMENT COMPLEX IN DOWNTOWN CONCORD– CONSUMED IN FLAMES.. ROBERT MARSHALL/CCFPD FIRE MARSHAL:” It’s basically wide open anybody who’s ever built a campfire knows you need kindling…that is the phase of construction they were in in this portion of the building” FIRE FIGHTERS DUMPED WATER FROM EVERY ANGLE…AND POLICE EVACUATED SOME 250 RESIDENTS AT THE NEIGHBORING APARTMENT BUILDING…TWO RESIDENTS SUFFERED MINOR SMOKE INHALATION…. RESIDENT TINA SIMMS SAYS SHE WENT NUMB…AS ORDERS CAME TO GET UP AND GO… TINA SIMMS/EVAVUATED RESIDENT: “because you could smell the smoke…see the burning embers drop…and you knew it was very serious.” JESSICA FLORES/¢ @JESSICAKPIX: “It’s so smokey out here health officials have asked residents to stay in indoors for much of the morning…and at the height of it the fire emitted so much heat that it melted this plastic fencing across the street.” IT’S UNCLEAR WHAT SPARK THE FLAMES. FIRE OFFICIALS SAY IT’S STILL TOO DANGEROOUS FOR INVESTIGATORS TO GO INSIDE…AND EVEN TOO UNSAFE FOR NEIGHBORING RESIDENTS TO GET BACK INTO THEIR APARTMENTS… AARON MCALISTER/ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF: “We are currently evaluating the structural integrity of the fire building there is a risk of that building collapsing…so we are evaluating the feasibility of those folks getting back into their residence.” CITY OFFICIALS SAY THE PROJECT WAS ABOUT 70 PERCENT DONE…WITH SOME 180 UNITS UP FOR RENT IN SEPTEMBER…SAY IT’S A TOTAL LOSS.. AN ESTIMATED 55 MILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGES…FIRE OFFICIALS SAY AT THIS POINT TO EARLY TO SAY IF THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS SUSPICIOUS…SIG OUT NEW AT NOON: A BAY AREA MAN POLICE DESCRIBE AS

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JUSTACHIPN

Apr 4, 2018, 8:23 pm Reply

Probly a shittie spider box or damaged ex-cord… as an old construction worker… this is heartbreaking !!!

Ginger Bread

Sep 9, 2018, 4:06 pm Reply

Cmon everybody it seems just too many apts. or very large buildings under construction all over
The country are being burnt!

Michael Ellringer

Sep 9, 2018, 4:00 am Reply

And the lumber companies laugh all the way to the bank! Imagine allowing a 5 story apartment building to be built out of wood! Only in America! A building like this would not be allowed to be built in Mexico!

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