Monday, November 2, 2015

Fire Associates Responds to House Fire in Sunnyvale

Date:  Nov. 2, 2015
Agency:  Sunnyvale Fire
Type:  House fire
Incident Address:  778 Lakewood, Sunnyvale
Details:  One-story, Eichler-style house
The following "first-person" account was provided by FASCV Vice Presidet, Bob Gundrum:
"This fire was at 778 Lakewood Drive, across the street from my house at about a 45-degree angle. My wife, Janet, called me out of our back yard to look at some smoke coming up from behind the house across the street. I went over to bang on the door and alert the three residents, who had just become aware of the 'problem'. One resident tried to get a garden hose from the front yard to attack the fire. Response of SNY was delayed since the initial report indicated the fire was on the bayside of Hwy. 101 - NORTH of Fair Oaks Ave. That was a significant error because, in fact, the fire was just north of Lawrence Expy. SNY dispatched on the initial report to the area of 101 & Fair Oaks. I tried calling 9-1-1 and got a busy signal, then heard one of the residents say she lived at 778 Lakewood Dr. and her home was on fire. The neighbor immediately west of the incident arrived home and I went into her back yard and was able to get garden hose water on the fire located in a covered patio area until SNY apparatus arrived. As SNY was getting lines in place, a gust of wind came up and the rest was history."
Agency Responders:
    SNYDPS: BC Aherrn; E 41, 42, 244, 44, 45, 46, 246; T41, 42; Rescue 41
    SCFD: E 95 covered station
FASCV Responding Unit:  FSU-1; Arrived: 5:30 P.M., Released 7:30 P.M.
FASCV Responders:  Mike Garcia (driver), Bob Gundrum, and Len Williams
-- Report submitted by Mike Garcia