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Fire Damages Garage at White Chapel Drive Home

The one alarm blaze damaged the contents of the garage.

Firefighters are still trying to determine what caused a fire in the garage of a two story home in the 100 block of White Chapel Drive this morning.  The fire was reported at 10:06 a.m. and Benicia firefighters arrived on the scene of the single alarm blaze at 10:11 a.m.

There was one person in the home when the fire broke out.  Rick Perona has rented the home for three years.

“I was upstairs working,” said Perona.  “I work from home three days a week.”

Perona said her heard a sound like sand being dumped from a truck.  “I looked out the window and saw smoke,” said Perona who didn’t realize it was coming from the garage of his home until he went outside to further investigate.

“I saw the garage door closing and I saw smoke coming out of the garage,” said Perona.  He went into the garage but quickly exited and called 911 from inside the residence.

Division Chief Nick Thomas said department investigators have not determined what may have caused the fire nor have they ruled out any causes.

Firefighters using thermal detection gear determined that the fire didn’t spread through the walls of the home.

“The fire wall in the garage did its job,” said fire captain Todd Matthews.  “The damage was confined to the garage.”

Firefighters from Vallejo helped at the scene while firefighters from Fairfield provided station coverage.

Members of the Benicia Volunteer Fire Department were also on hand to support firefighters actively engaged in knocking down flames and clean up.

Firefighters haven't released damage estimates.

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Marnix A. van Ammers September 04, 2012 at 09:40 PM
I heard and saw the fire truck passing me by at 10:10 as I was walking up Solano Drive towards Larkin Drive. They seemed to have turned off the siren as they approached Larkin and then made a left turn onto Larkin at that T intersection. I kind of wondered if someone had been coming down Larkin if they would have known there was a fire truck coming. It's probably a tough call -- keep the sirens going full blast and be criticized for excessive noise, or only use the sirens here and there and risk an accident. Just an observation. I'm glad they made it to the fire OK and took care of it.

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