Saturday, July 26, 2008


The Contra Costa Times reported yesterday:

"An unoccupied house that had just changed owners Friday was heavily damaged by a two-alarm fire after the new residents turned on the electricity, fire and sheriff's officials said.

"The fire broke out less than two hours after PG&E started service, East Contra Costa Fire Battalion Chief Jeff Burris said.

"According to the fire department and Contra Costa sheriff's office, the new residents took possession of the house and went to lunch around 11 a.m. They returned to find the house ablaze.

"The fire department kept the fire to the upstairs of the house, and had it contained within an hour. Burris said the blaze caused about $100,000 in damages. The exact cause had not been determined."

The house was on the levee about two miles from us.

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Blogger Tanya Brown said...

Yikes! The new owners have my sympathies. I'm going to hope that having power turned on was a prerequisite to moving their possession in and that the only damage was to the house itself.

9:00 AM  
Blogger Tanya Brown said...

Possessions. I meant possessions plural, not possession singular.

9:01 AM  
Blogger Christine Thresh said...

More to the story --

The house was bought on a foreclosure sale. It was in really bad shape and they got it cheap ($140,000).

The house was built into the levee. It was a "non conforming" house which is very dangerous to the stability of the entire levee. The levee district wants all non conforming houses removed from the levee. So, I think it was okay that it burned, although quite a blow to the new owners.

It is a waterfront lot and the selling price was probably based on the land value, not the house at all.

A long time ago I bought a non conforming house with some trust money I had for my children. I tore the non conformer out and built a new house on the lot.

9:38 AM  
Blogger meggie said...

We have experienced a fire in a house we bought. Luckily it was before we moved in, & we got to choose new things, under the previous owner's insurance.

1:48 AM  

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