Firefighters from the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department extinguished a garage fire Saturday morning before it could spread to an attached but separate garage in adjoining duplexes in the 2200 block of Linden Street in Livermore.
Joe Testa, battalion chief, said firefighters found the fire at 10:37 a.m. spreading rapidly when they reached the scene and were able to knock the fire down within approximately 10 minutes, preventing the fire from reaching the duplexes' living area. However the duplex where the garage fire occurred did sustain moderate smoke damage throughout the unit, Testa said.
Two adults and four children were home at the time of the fire, Testa said. The occupants, who were asleep at the time, were safely evacuated.
Due to smoke, fire and damage to the electrical wiring, the home was uninhabitable after the fire. The Red Cross was notified and was providing shelter and assistance to the occupants.
The origin of the fire appeared to be at the rear corner of the garage, but the cause remains
undetermined, though arson is not suspected. Damage is estimated to be over $50,000.
The building is tenant occupied. A representative of the owners arrived on scene and was working with both tenants and repair personnel.
Traffic on North Livermore Avenue was affected for approximately one hour as multiple lanes had to
be closed off to allow for fire-fighting operations, which involved 21 firefighters as well as paramedics.