Dash cam video and fireground audio from Battalion Chief car shows large vacant retail building with heavy fire. Video byÂ Arcata Fire DistrictÂ description below:
“Shortly after 1:00 AM on Saturday, May 23, 2015, Arcata Fire District responded to a structure fire at the corner of Spear Avenue and Alliance Road. It was originally reported to be a red house across from the gas station.Â
Arcata Fire Engine 8216 was the first to arrive on scene and reported the fire to be a commercial structure fire, fully involved, with multiple exposures to the south and to the west. Engine 8216â€™s two person crew immediately established a water supply and began a
defensive fire attack. Arcata Fire Engine 8215 arrived on scene within seconds of the first engine. Engine 8215â€™s two person crew established their own water supply and also began a defensive fire attack on the opposite side of the building. While en route, Arcata Fire
Engine 8217 which is housed in the McKinleyville station, switched out to Arcata Fire Truck 8283 that is housed at the Mad River fire station then preceded to the scene. Once on scene, the truckâ€™s two person crew positioned the apparatus to utilize the platform and spray a master stream from above the fire. The fire was contained within one hour and fifteen minutes of crews being on scene. â€œDue to the volume of fire and the building collapse I requested an additional truck and two more engines to respond to the sceneâ€ stated Battalion Chief Sean Campbell.
While assisting in the fire attack, a Humboldt Bay Fire fighter suffered a minor injury and appears he will recover. â€œThis building has been vacant for many years; it was reported by the owner to be unoccupied. We have reason to believe this fire was intentionally set. We are coordinating an investigation with Arcata Police Department and they already have a suspect in custodyâ€ stated Battalion Chief Sean Campbell.”