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Single-story workshop caught fire in Oakley

I’m Ed Smith, an Oakley Personal Injury Attorney. On Monday, September 11th, 2017, a single-story workshop in Oakley was nearly destroyed by an accidental fire. Thankfully, no serious injuries have been reported.

What Happened?

Fire crews received a call regarding the fire at approximately 2:45 a.m. The East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (ECCFPD) responded to the call and arrived at the scene to find flames that had spread outside the single-story building, which was located at 2800 Oakley Road. The fire was a potential threat to a nearby metal building. ECCFPD Battalion Chief Jake Gonzales stated that the portion of the fire that was outside happened to be next to a pile of wood. The flames had spread their way into a section of the attic space, however firefighters were able to extinguish it quickly.

Investigators think there may have been an electrical malfunction that started the fire. No one was injured or killed.

Fire Damages

The fire crews were successfully able to put out the blaze before it demolished the Oakley workshop. The fire damage in the attic was relatively minor. The workshop’s exterior wall did take moderate to heavy measures of damage. Fire officials did not give out an official financial estimate for the damage restoration. The adjacent metal building did not suffer from any damage.

Fire-related Injuries

Burn injuries require prompt medical attention, physical therapy, and even plastic surgery in drastic cases. Flesh and body tissue can endure permanent damage from serious burn wounds. Severe burns can lead to restricted physical mobility and decreased range of motion for the affected areas of the body. According to the National Fire Protection Association, the main cause of death in fire related accidents is suffocation and asphyxiation. Inhaling fire-induced smoke removes oxygen out of the air and exchanges it with carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, and other harmful chemicals.

Responsibility to Maintain Safe Spaces

Property owners have a legal duty to ensure a safe public environment for anyone who may enter this space. This means getting frequent inspections and other safety precautions to remove any dangerous conditions. If the owner happens to notice any hazardous conditions, they have the option to repair the conditions or they can warn any potential visitors of the conditions. If the owner knows about any harmful conditions but fails to act upon it, the owner might be held accountable for any injuries sustained on the property due to the unsafe condition.

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