The Petaluma Fire Department recorded 120 calls during the week of Feb. 20 - Feb. 26.
Monday, Feb. 20
7 p.m.: Petaluma firefighters headed to 745 Baywood Drive to douse a fire that sparked in the engine compartment of a Scion after the owner attempted to jump start the vehicle. No further assistance as needed after the blaze was extinguished. Damage was estimated at $2,000.
Tuesday, Feb. 21
6:40 p.m.: Firefighters were called to Valley Vista Elementary School to help a janitor put out a fire burning in a dumpster at the 730 North Webster St. campus. The evening custodian said he’d discovered the blaze after smelling smoke in the area and he’d attempted to extinguish the flames with a garden hose and fire extinguishers. Damage was estimated at $500. The cause of the fire was undetermined.
Thursday, Feb. 23
5 a.m.: Personnel extinguished flames that engulfed a truck, scorched nearby redwood trees and burned a second vehicle in a 971 Transport Way parking lot. Firefighters alerted representatives from a nearby business about the blaze and Petaluma police officers arrived to the scene. Damage was estimated at $6,000.
Sunday, Feb. 26
11:26 p.m.: Firefighters were dispatched to 2000 Lakeville Highway to put out a fire in a dumpster. After the blaze was extinguished, police arrived to review security camera footage from a nearby 7-Eleven, which showed a man in new model red four door sedan arriving in the parking lot and igniting a fire in the dumpster, police said in a news release. The arson suspect is described as a clean-cut white man in his mid to late 20s, about 5-foot-10-inches tall with dark brown hair, a white long sleeve shirt and black pants, police said. Anyone with information is asked contact Officer Matthew Parnow at 707-778-4372.