Monday, June 28, 2010

Bodega Harbour House Destroyed by Fire

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A house on Condor Court in the Bodega Harbour subdivision of Bodega Bay was destroyed by fire this morning, and at least one more was seriously damaged. We saw the big clouds of brown and white smoke billowing up at around 8:30 a.m. By the time I arrived, there were about ten fire trucks and dozens of firefighters on the scene.

It was gut-wrenching to see the charred remains of the home, still on fire, belching smoke and flames. But at the same time I was so incredibly grateful to see the huge response from our firefighting community. There were trucks from Bodega Bay Fire Department, Bodega Volunteer Fire Department, Bloomfield Fire Department, Valley Ford Fire Department, Occidental, Sebastopol, and Nor Cal.

At the time of this writing, there are still lots of unanswered questions. I asked around to see if anyone was hurt. Some people said no, others said they didn't know yet. One of the firefighters told me they don't know the cause of the fire yet. Lots of neighbors were standing around watching but nobody seemed to know who the homeowners were.

As you can see from the photos below, the house next door caught on fire too. While I was there, I saw a team of firefighters approaching the house with axes, as though preparing to break in. At the last second, our security guard (in the white shirt) yelled to them and it sounded like he said they were able to determine the house was unoccupied, so they didn't have to break in after all.

It appeared they were able to save the house on the other side, but I couldn't tell for sure.

This is a perfect time to encourage everyone to show their support for the Bodega Bay Firefighters’ Association by attending their annual pancake breakfast at the Bodega Bay Grange from 7:30 am - 11 am this Saturday, July 3rd!

Below is a photo they sent me over the weekend to help promote their fundraiser. Little did anyone know we'd soon have much more compelling images to illustrate the dangerous, heroic work our firefighters perform in the line of duty. Let's give thanks and show our support by attending their pancake breakfast next weekend!

Bodgea Bay Firefighter Association's Annual Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, July 3, 7:30-11:00 a.m.
The Grange Hall
1370 Bodega Avenue, on the corner of Highway 1
Bodega Bay, CA
Adults $7.00
Child $5.00
Under 3 yrs Free
For additional information call the Bodega Bay Firefighters at 875-3001.

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Anonymous said...

Wow! That is so sad. Great blog Kathlene. You are spot on regarding the courageous work of the firefighters. I will keep my fingers crossed that indeed no one was hurt and the home destroyed was vacant. Thanks for being there! Suzanne

Genevieve said...

Amazing photos. Thank God for the brave firefighters! Great job guys!!

dtarca said...

I went thru there this morning about 10am and saw all the activity inc. the helicopters. Thanks for the information. My heart goes out to the homeowners. I'll be interested to hear if its a rental home or owner occup. and what the suspected cause was. All in all its a great reminder of how important our fire & police services are! I was amazed at all the engines that were present...GREAT response!

Kathlene said...

The Press Democrat says it was an unoccupied vacation rental.

Cherrie said...

Wow that is so sad, looks like a total loss. Glad no one was hurt!

Anonymous said...

My girlfriends and I have had many scrapbooking retreats in that house. We loved the big open living room and big beautiful windows. We will miss this beautiful home.

Roberta said...

I have spent many a scrap retreat in this beautiful house. So sad. We would be going again this fall had the house not been booked when we needed to rent it! We will miss it.

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