Dec 1, 2014
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A Friday night blaze that scorched a Richmond carport and downed a power line was captured on a firefighter’s helmet cam, offering a compelling look at what our bravest face in even a “little fire.”

The fire was reported at 6:30 p.m. in a detached carport at 555 Harbour Way, Richmond Fire Chief Michael Banks said Monday.

Richmond Fire Capt. Marc Lucero, who wore the helmet cam, posted the video of the firefight on YouTube. Firefighters managed to contain the fire before the flames spread beyond the carport. At one point firefighters had to flee a downed power line, which offered onlookers quite a fireworks show.

Here’s how Lucero describes the incident:

A few minutes of our evening with a close call with some live electrical power lines on a little fire we had post Thanksgiving. Fire was contained to the car port with no loss to the residential portion of the structure. (detached car port) Richmond fire crews Engine 62 & 67 make a very quick knock down successfully and a avoid any injuries to any firefighter or citizens.

Lucero also posted a helmet-cam video back in March documenting a Richmond house fire.


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.