The Petaluma Fire Department recorded 154 calls during the week of Jan. 2 through Jan. 8.
Thursday, Jan. 5
4:57 p.m.: Petaluma Fire Department crews responded to a reported structure fire at 1825 Petaluma Blvd. North. Personnel quickly extinguished the flames, preventing the spread to the neighboring units, though the two-bedroom unit where the fire began sustained heavy smoke and heat damage. The blaze was reported by a neighbor, and none of the unit’s residents were home at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported, though families were displaced from both sides of the duplex because of fire damage and a lack of electricity and gas to the second unit. Though the fire is still under investigation, it appears the blaze started in the area of a wall heater, causing an estimated $60,000 in damage.
Saturday, Jan. 7
4:26 p.m.: Crews from the Petaluma Fire Department were dispatched to a possible vehicle fire reported on a Highway 101 on-ramp. A California Highway Patrol officer who was on scene had used a fire extinguisher to knock down the flames between the truck’s cab and the bed. Firefighters found a piece of cardboard had fallen into the space, likely catching fire after it came into contact with the truck’s catalytic converter.
Sunday, Jan. 8
10:39 a.m.: During a deluge of rain, crews were called to Industrial Avenue to assist a driver who was trapped in his vehicle amid the floodwaters. Firefighters launched boat and floated to assist the trapped motorist before moving on to respond to more calls of a similar nature.