May 3, 2016
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A fire scorched a fence and crept up the side of a detached garage along an overgrown alley near 28th Street and Gaynor Avenue in Richmond Tuesday.

Just before noon, two fire engines responded to the alley that separates backyards in the residential area. One of the engines barely fit in the alley, but had to back in for the fire hose to reach the scene.

A neighbor at the scene told firefighters the blaze appeared to have centralized on a car seat that had been discarded near a home’s backyard fence. The area affected by the fire, including the garage area, was filled with clutter, garbage and patches of tall weeds.

Residents helped put some of the fire out before the arrival of the Fire Department, which took over from there.

No one was injured, and damage estimates were limited to about $3,000, a fire official told Bay City News.

Vandalism may have caused the blaze, but fire officials said the investigation is ongoing, according to the newswire.


About the Author

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.