Thursday afternoon, Sacramento firefighters were called out to a blaze in the Oak Park area. When Truck 6 arrived in three minutes (trucks carry no water) the structure was fully involved with fire. The first engine arrived in 6-8 minutes, Engine 10; Engine 6 (who likely would have arrived with Truck 6) was browned out due to budget cuts.
Fortunately this was an unoccupied home which had burned a couple of years ago and had not been torn down. Chief Chris Ortiz explained that fire grows exponentially and literally doubles itself every minute. Had this been an occupied home, given the brown-out delayed first in engine with water, the difference of minutes are very significant.
I asked Chief Ortiz about the City's "Dangerous Building" organization that is supposed to tear down structures such as this when the fire occurred a couple of years ago. Ortiz stated that he called for "Dangerous Buildings" to respond; his dispatch advised him that "Dangerous Buildings" would not respond. Ortiz stated that he could not divulge the reason.
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