Contra Costa County fire crews battled two fires within 90 minutes of each other Monday -- one that damaged two homes in Pittsburg and a quickly moving grass fire that was doused just before it reached homes in Lafayette.
No residents were hurt in either fire, but a firefighter received unspecified injuries fighting the blaze in Lafayette. He was taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, where he stayed overnight and was expected to be released Tuesday, the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District reported in a news release.
The first fire was reported about 12:15 p.m. as a grass fire near Wedgewood Drive and Range Road in Pittsburg. Crews arrived to find the fire had spread to two homes, as well as some cypress trees between the structures. Crews later determined the blaze had started near an outbuilding and extended into the cypress trees.
The fire was extinguished in about 20 minutes, but not before it badly damaged the attic of one home and the exterior of the second.
The home where the fire spread to the attic received an estimated $100,000 in damage to the structure and $40,000 to the contents, firefighters said. The second home received an estimated $30,000 in damage to the structure and $5,000 to the contents.
Five residents from both homes were displaced, firefighters said.
The second fire was reported at 1:30 p.m. near Condit Road and Pleasant Hill Road in Lafayette, on a steep hillside covered with dense poison oak and heavy brush. The blaze quickly spread up the hill, but firefighters were able to beat it back before it reached homes at the top of the hill on Stow Lane.
The fire, which burned two acres, was likely sparked by a power line that dropped from a blown transformer, firefighters said.