Arcata Fire District
McKINLEYVILLE – A garage was destroyed, but a adjacent home was saved, during a fire Sunday evening, Feb. 1 in McKinleyville.
Arcata Fire District was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 6:12 p.m. in the 1000 block of Griffith Road in McKinleyville. Griffith Road is located in a neighborhood southeast of the intersection of School Road and U.S. Highway 101.
The dispatcher updated crews that there were multiple 911 calls incoming. One engine, from McKinleyville Station and a chief officer arrived in the area and attempted to locate the best access to the fire. The fire was approximately 130 feet off Griffith Road and there were two driveways to choose from.
The crew of Engine 8217 located the correct driveway and arrived at the scene, reporting a garage fire that was 50 percent involved. The fire had already vented through the roof and was spreading to a single family residence approximately 20 feet away.
Fire crews directed hose lines at the residence and prevented it from further damage. The second and third arriving engines worked to establish a water supply to the engine that was fighting the fire. Once the water supply was set up, crews quickly controlled the fire and the damage to the residence was minimal. Battalion Chief Sean Campbell stated, “I’m extremely thankful no one was injured at this incident. We were extremely short handed tonight with only 10 firefighters at scene. Our crews had to fight fire from the exterior because we didn’t have enough people to fill all of the tasks needing to be completed.”
The fire is under investigation but the preliminary findings indicate it is most likely accidental. The building is a complete loss and the house sustained very minor damage.
Investigators returned to the scene in Monday morning to complete their investigation.
Chief Campbell stated, “The roof burned thoroughly and the walls are unstable. We are not
going to let any of our firefighters go into the building until we can take a better look at the stability during daylight hours. We will not hurt or kill someone over a building with this much damage.”