|Truck destroyed, barn scorched in Penngrove fire
Rancho Adobe Fire District firefighters on Tuesday, Dec. 11, responded to a call reporting a barn and vehicle fire on Davis Lane in Penngrove. The initial call indicated someone may have been trapped inside the barn.
Battalion Chief Steve Davidson said firefighters found a truck engulfed in flames, which also was threatening a nearby barn.
The driver managed to escape the fire and was not on the scene upon the arrival of firefighters. Apparently, the truck had been traveling along the feed barn, distributing hay, when it caught fire. The truck was destroyed and flames scorched one side of the barn.
Because of budget cuts and its rolling blackout days, RAFD’s nearest station in Penngrove was closed.
The rolling blackouts were implemented after the Measure Z parcel tax was defeated at the ballot on Nov. 6. District firefighters came from RAFD stations on 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, according to Davidson, definitely delayed arrival times to the fire, but an earlier engine arrival wouldn't have saved the truck.