On Friday, September 21, at approximately 11:36 am, the Pittsburg Fire Department responded to a fire at 805 West 1st Street in Pittsburg. Upon arrival, fire crews observed smoke showing from all four sides of the two-story home.
During a primary search of the house, the home was determined to be unoccupied and dispatch confirmed owners were not at home. Fire crews encountered a fire in the kitchen and extinguished the bulk of the fire. A secondary fire crew advanced to the second floor and encountered heavy smoke but no fire. Interior crews removed cabinets and breached an interior wall to extinguish the remaining fire. Salvage and overhaul was conducted and remaining hot spots extinguished.
The home sustained extensive fire damage in the kitchen and significant smoke damage throughout the rest of the house. No civilian or firefighter injuries have been reported. Two family pets, a dog and cat, were found to have perished in the home from smoke inhalation.
During the investigation, the breaker panel in the house was found to have four tripped breakers relating to electrical circuits in the kitchen. Firefighters discovered extensive damage to the electrical circuits behind the refrigerator, which was determined to be the origin for the fire. This incident is still under investigation.
The homeowner responded to the scene and, after active firefighting operations ceased, was allowed to enter the structure to retrieve personal effects with the aid of firefighters. Firefighters later returned to the scene with the homeowner’s permission and conducted a final walk-through.
Pittsburg Police Department Animal Control Division will be providing a free cremation service for the family’s pets.