On June 15, 2012 at 9:44 a.m., units from Humboldt Bay Fire (Eureka Fire & Humboldt Fire) responded to a reported structure fire at 2235 G Street in Eureka. While en route, a column of dark smoke was visible.
The first arriving engine found heavy smoke and flames coming from a large shed only a few feet from a residential strucute. Fire crews established a supply hose from a nearby hydrant, pulled attack lines, and began to knock down the fire. Additional crews arrived on scene and assisted with fire attack and extinguishment of the fire. The shed and surrounding yard area contained tools and a large amount of household items that had to be moved to confirm the fire was out. Arcata Fire Protection District responded a fire engine and chief officer into Eureka to assist with coverage while crews were committed to this call and three others that occurred near the same time.
The fire appears to have started inside the shed. The cause of the fire remains under investigation and is suspicious. Humboldt Bay Fire is working with Eureka Police Department on this investigation. Arson has not been ruled out in this fire. The shed was a total loss, with an estimated loss of $5,000 for the shed, contents, and fence.
During the course of extablishing the supply hose from the hydrant to the pumping fire engine, a citizen vehicle was driven into the fire scene area and drove over a length of fire supply hose. The action was not intentional, it slowed the ability of fire crews to charge the hose with water. Driving over a fire hose is a violation of California Vehicle Code Section 21708. Driving over fire hose whether full of water or not has potential to damage the hose, and could place firefighters in danger should the hose burst while they are inside a fire building. Any hose that is driven over must be pulled from service and tested before being placed back in service. The hose driven over at today’s fire has a replacement cost of approximately $400 should the hose fail testing. Humboldt Bay Fire asks our community members to please use caution and not drive over fire hoses or into emergency scenes.