Penngrove dairy fire destroys truck, damages barn
Published: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 9:18 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 9:18 a.m.
Firefighters worked two small blazes Tuesday morning, one at a Penngrove dairy and one at a home in northern Santa Rosa, reported emergency dispatchers.
At 6:27 a.m. Rancho Adobe firefighters were called to Davis Lane for a barn and vehicle fire with someone possibly trapped inside.
Arriving firefighters found a truck engulfed in flames, threatening a nearby barn, said Battalion Chief Steve Davidson.
The driver was able to get out and wasn't at the scene when firefighters arrived.
Apparently the truck had been traveling along the feed barn, distributing hay, when the truck caught fire.
The truck was destroyed and flames scorched one side of the barn.
Rancho Adobe's nearest fire station, in Penngrove, was closed Tuesday due to budget cuts. District firefighters came from Liberty Road and downtown Cotati.
An engine from Cotati arrived first at 6:39 a.m., according to dispatch records.
Several other area departments sent water trucks.
Davidson said he arrived first, coming from his office in Penngrove.
The station closure definitely delayed arrival times to the fire, but an earlier engine arrival wouldn't have saved the truck, he said.
Davidson expressed concern the rotating closures eventually will result in a further damage at a call due to a delayed response.
Later Tuesday morning fire was reported in the bedroom of a two-story home on Manka Circle, near Wikiup.
Windsor and Rincon Valley firefighters went to that fire at about 8 a.m. and it was quickly under control and held to the upstairs bedroom.
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