Firefighters battle blaze at Hopyard Road apartment complex

One apartment destroyed, others damaged in Friday night fire

A two-alarm fire destroyed a second-floor apartment and damaged at least one other Friday night in an eight-unit apartment complex at 1302 Hopyard Rd.

Firefighters from the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department extinguished the blaze that was believed caused by burning grease on a stove in the damaged apartment, but not before it burned into the apartment building's attic.

In addition to fire damage to an adjacent second floor apartment, water and smoke also damaged several apartments on the building's first floor, with a total of 16 tenants displaced.

Battalion Chief Paul Lagasa said the fire was reported at 8:30 p.m. with eight fire vehicles responding from both his department and Alameda County Fire.

Pleasanton Weekly photographer Jay Flachsbarth, who was on the scene shortly after the fire broke out, said the "quick work of the joint response" of the two fire departments kept the blaze from spreading through the attic and entire building.

The Red Cross was called to assist those who were displaced.

Jay Flachsbarth at


Posted by Weakly, a resident of Birdland
on Jul 12, 2014 at 11:48 pm

Just more Pleasanton employees standing around. Glad everyone is ok and would like to thank the Red Cross Volunteers (Hero's). For my Brotherhood,nice but really 8

Posted by Right, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 13, 2014 at 7:24 am

(Post removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff as irrelevant to this thread.)

Posted by Dominick, a resident of Birdland
on Jul 13, 2014 at 7:40 am

So you don't think you need firefighters in this town? You can say that until your house catches fire or you get in a car accident. I agree, they make too much money in California and are hiding behind pension plans that break most city budgets. But a job that is appreciated.

Posted by Truth, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 13, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Thank you firefighters...please ignore the idiots above as they have never done anything brave in their entire entitled guys are worth every penny and more...keep up the good work!

Posted by Thank You, a resident of Country Fair
on Jul 13, 2014 at 5:07 pm

The morons Weakly and Right obviously have no clue as to what a firefighter does. Who do you think is the first responder when you call 911?? It is the fire department. They help save lives in addition to putting out fires. Thank you Firefighters for all that you do! Until you have worked a day in their shoes, then keep your mouth shut and stop complaining about how much money they make.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jul 13, 2014 at 5:52 pm

FYI: I happen to have great admiration for the PPD and Firefighters!


Posted by Thank You Firefighters, a resident of Amador Estates
on Jul 13, 2014 at 8:39 pm

If it was up to me, I'd have you retire at age 25 with full pay and benefits, rather than age 50! You are my eternal heroes, and if you take a year off on work comp from time to time, so be it! You deserve it! If all you haters think its easy to sleep at the firehouse every night, try it yourself! These taxpayers are just jealous of your fitness because they could not do your job.

Posted by Suzi, a resident of Dublin
on Jul 14, 2014 at 8:20 am

They have to send that many firemen/fire trucks because it involved a multi-dwelling building. You would be amazed how fast that fire could have spread to the other apartments and if they did not have the manpower and trucks there, it could easily have turned into a disaster with possible injuries and/or fatalities.

Posted by Tom F., a resident of Castlewood
on Jul 14, 2014 at 10:05 am

Grease fire? Gee......don't suppose the occupants were from the sub-continent do you?

Posted by Crusty Nads, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2014 at 10:07 am

This complex is one of the "illegals" havens in PTown. Expect more of these events to take place when the low-cost housing goes in.

Posted by Citizen, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2014 at 10:08 am

Thank you, LPFD and ACF, for your service!!

Posted by Alert, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 14, 2014 at 10:52 am

If my memory serves me. there have been 1 or 2 fires in this complex over the years.

Posted by John, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2014 at 10:54 am

"Tom F." and "Crusty Nads" ... shameful racism.

I, for one, am grateful that my taxes go to something as critical and beneficial to our community as our First Responders.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jul 14, 2014 at 12:05 pm

yup...first responders is what makes the world a better place!


Posted by Stella, a resident of Downtown
on Jul 14, 2014 at 7:44 pm

FYI-it is not a 8 unit apartment complex but rather 8 apartment in one building. there is a difference. as for all you morons thinking the bad-white people that own homes have grease fires too

Posted by Vital Public Service, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2014 at 9:53 pm

Way over paid (period)

Posted by Tom F, a resident of Castlewood
on Jul 15, 2014 at 5:07 am

(Post removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff as irrelevant to this thread.)

Posted by weakly, a resident of Birdland
on Jul 15, 2014 at 10:07 pm

Truth, I am in the Business and can tell you 8 is way to many.We are the first ones because of the way dispatch works. We pretty much only know how to hold IV bags.Pleasanton needs to have Paramedic/Firefighters and stop treating every fire like a training call.We would be fine with half volunteers.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jul 16, 2014 at 8:56 am

Volunteers? NOT!

Perhaps all registered voters in Plutonia be assigned rotations. That way, all registered voters would have an opportunity to serve their community, save lives/property, and help out the Fire Department.

Cholo...that's a waaaaaaay cool idea but I doubt that concerned Plutonians would bother to show up!!! tee hee hee...tee hee hee...hahahahahahahahaa



Posted by liberalism is a disease, a resident of Birdland
on Jul 16, 2014 at 9:36 am

liberalism is a disease is a registered user.

so glad you live in livermore, cholo. Thanks for staying there and for your continued 'concern' for OUR city.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Dublin
on Jul 16, 2014 at 2:59 pm

a big your a new car and drive off into the sunset...sparks fly so out of hotels to close to your homes...there's a sale on pork chops 'n a ton...hurry hurry the sale ends soon!!!

but wait...if you can't fight a fire with water...what cha gonna do...NADA!

Posted by Pololo Mololo, a resident of Livermore
on Jul 16, 2014 at 3:01 pm

what cha gonna do?

answer: eat porkchops 'n raisins...tee hee hee

Posted by P-town Ghetto, a resident of Birdland
on Aug 11, 2014 at 8:36 pm

I, for one, have had nothing but positive experiences, even when the cops pulled me over. Legitimate reasons, and they were courteous, helpful and articulate. My house hasn't burned down, and years ago I recall calling 911 when a water main had busted on July 4th (street in front of my house was giving way under weight of myself) and they were out in minutes. DPW were out within the hour, huge hole dug and pipes repaired. Yes, I like that sort of thing.

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