Pleasanton: Truck fire spreads to power pole next to fairgrounds

LPFD: Firefighters' response impacted by safety concerns due to power lines

This pickup truck ignited into flames along Rose Avenue late Sunday afternoon, damaging the SUV behind it and the utility pole with high-power electricity lines in front of it. (Photo by Jeremy Walsh)

A pickup truck was destroyed after catching fire on Rose Avenue right behind the Alameda County Fairgrounds race track and golf course in Pleasanton, with the flames spreading to an adjacent electricity pole and threatening the high-power lines above late Sunday afternoon.

The incident unfolded around 4:30 p.m. in the neighborhood on the long block of Rose Avenue between Pleasanton Avenue and Fair Street, according to Dan Moyles, battalion chief at the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department.

Flames ignited for unknown reasons in the pickup truck parked at the curb next to the ivy-covered wall that abuts the fairgrounds and across the street from a small apartment complex on the 700 block of Rose Avenue.

The fire fully engulfed the truck and spread to a midsize SUV parked behind it, while heat from the flames charred the power pole, according to Moyles.

Firefighters could only partially knock down the truck fire at first, due to safety concerns from the power lines, until PG&E workers arrived and secured the scene, according to Moyles. The ivy wall sustained a small amount of damage. The scene was secured and fire controlled by 6 p.m.

One man was transported from the scene to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose with first- and second-degree burns on his hands, according to Moyles, who said he did not know the man's relationship to the truck or the fire. There were no firefighter injuries, nor others, reported during the incident.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, according to Moyles.

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