By Allen Payton
According to Interim Battalion Chief Ross Macumber, East Contra Costa Fire Protection District personnel responded to a small kitchen stove fire at Cortona Park senior living facility at 150 Cortona Way in Brentwood, Sunday, July 23 at 4:18 p.m. It was extinguished by a dry chemical extinguisher. Firefighters also manually pulled the fire suppression system above the stove. The fire was contained to the area of origin and resulted in only damage to the stove and stove area.
However, during this incident, two of the three ECCFPD engines were already on the motor vehicle accident with extrication at Highway 4/Vasco Road and Marsh Creek Road. (See related article). Only one ECCFPD unit was available for the fire. As a result, both ConFire and CalFire responded, as well.
With the assistance of Brentwood police, residents were evacuated to the front courtyard. As a precautionary measure, three code-two ambulances were called for the residents who were in the heat outside. Once the fire was out all residents were let back in to the building.
Grease was the probable cause of the fire and there were no civilian or firefighter injuries. See the incident report, here: CortonaFireIncidentReport