Richmond firefighters battle third fire in less than a week at encampment

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Richmond firefighters battle third 'significant' encampment fire in less than a week
Photo courtesy of Richmond Firefighters Local 188

Richmond firefighters battled a large encampment fire Wednesday night in the area of the Richmond Greenway near I-80 and the BART tracks, marking the third time in less than a week they’ve responded to a fire involving encampments in the area.

At about 8 p.m., firefighters responded to area on reports of a fire involving a large encampment, according to Richmond Firefighters Local 188, the union representing city firefighters.

The fire “rapidly spread and involved a small trailer, multiple vehicles, dozens of portable propane tanks, various shelters/tents and other debris requiring 3 engine companies to contain the flames,” according to fire officials.

No one was injured, but such incidents pose “significant health and safety risk to not only those who live within them, but to the adjacent residential homes/businesses and vital transportation infrastructure,” firefighters said.

On Saturday, Richmond firefighters rescued an unresponsive occupant of an RV that caught fire in the area of Cutting Boulevard and Spring Street.