No One Injured During Fire at Vacant Orchid Nursery

The fire was contained to an empty structure and nearby grass, according to fire officials.

LIVERMORE, Ca:  Isabel Ave near Concannon Boulevard. Map Courtesy: Google Maps
LIVERMORE, Ca: Isabel Ave near Concannon Boulevard. Map Courtesy: Google Maps
Firefighters with the Livermore Pleasanton Fire Department quickly extinguished a fire at the former Fordyce Orchids nursery on Isabel Ave near Concannon Boulevard on Friday evening. 

According to Battalion Chief Paul Legasa, fire personnel arrived at the nursery around 6:57 p.m. and discovered an empty structure and the dry grass around it on fire. 

"First arriving companies attacked the fire and protected neighboring residential exposures," Legasa said. "LPFD had the fire under control in 15 minutes. Crews remained on the scene for overhaul and fire investigation until 10:58 PM. The fire was contained to the property of origin."

Legasa says no one was injured during the fire and the dollar amount of loss from the fire damage is not known.

Legasa did not comment about the cause of the fire. 
Patch reader known as "Don" posted a video of the flames.

Watch the video here: Isabelle Fire Last Evening (1/31)

The piece of land is about 4.76 acres, according to county records and had once been occupied by Fordyce Orchids nursery, owned by the late Frank Fordyce, which closed over eight years ago. 
Robert February 01, 2014 at 08:36 PM
Thanks Paul(Legassa) for the update! And thanks LP Fire for the great work putting this fire out, considering the fact that there hasn't been ANY rain to moisten the ground or grass around here-(ok just that little 'spit' from the clouds during the middle of the week!
Don February 02, 2014 at 08:25 PM
Last night around 7pm the inevitable happened on the vacant 5 acre lot surrounded by homes on 3 sides, a fire burned one of the remaining buildings to the ground. Kids and homeless are known to use these buildings for hang outs. The lot needs to be cleared of all structures that could be used or be the next fire spot. Luckily the field weed growth, which can reach fence high, was not available to spread the fire to homes. I am one of the homes directly adjacent to the field and thankful to the Livermore FD. After speaking to neighbors living directly across from the burned building and they saw 3 boys with flashlights in the lot just before the fire started. If you live in the area where were your teen boys between 6:30-7:30 last night?
Don February 05, 2014 at 02:26 PM
There's was a much better video on youtube from the fire fighters view.
Autumn Johnson February 05, 2014 at 04:02 PM
@Don, if you email me the YouTube, I can embed it into this article. autumn.johnson@patch.com Thanks!


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