House fire causes $250,000 in damage Wednesday near Val Vista Park

Family dog killed in blaze that broke out while family was away

Firefighters were able to put out a first-alarm fire that started in a home on Mason Street Wednesday morning that claimed the life of a family dog.

Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department Chief Bill Cody said nobody was home at the time of the fire and that the house is now uninhabitable.

Neighbors reported seeing smoke and flames coming from the home at 11:45 a.m. Fire crews were on the scene at 11:49 a.m. and were able to extinguish it by 12:08 p.m. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

LPFD spokeswoman Sabina Imrie said the fire originated and was contained in a front room with extensive smoke damage in the other rooms. She estimated the loss to be worth $250,000.

Imrie also said that the homeowner was a coin and stamp collector, and that the firefighters were able to save the collection.

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Posted by Stephanie
a resident of another community
on May 8, 2009 at 8:41 am

I am so sorry for the loss of your family pet... Blessings to you and your family.

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Posted by TI
a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on May 8, 2009 at 9:13 am

I'm also sorry to hear about your loss.
I'll be thinking about your family.
May you all come out of this stronger.

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Posted by Why
a resident of Val Vista
on May 8, 2009 at 6:12 pm

I saw this fire and it is truly a tragedy. But why did the Pleasanton Police arrive 5 minutes before the Fire Department ?

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on May 10, 2009 at 10:25 am

Thank you PFD and PPD.

Why don't you ask the PFD? Too lazy?

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Posted by unclehomerr..
a resident of Downtown
on May 10, 2009 at 3:13 pm


Because police cars are on patrol and probably in the vicinity already and fire trucks are in the house and waiting for calls.

Plus... police cars are much faster than fire trucks!


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on May 11, 2009 at 4:16 pm

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Posted by uknown
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 11, 2009 at 10:36 pm

cholo - stay away from our town. This family lost a loved one. If you have nothing nice to type don't type!!!!!

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