Fire Burns Vallejo
January 8, 2007
A five-alarm fire first reported at about 10 p.m.
Sunday at a Quality Inn sent flames about 30 feet
into the air.
Firefighters were able to get the fire under control
within a couple of hours, but remained at the scene
Monday morning. No injuries have been reported.
The hotel is on Admiral Callaghan Lane near Interstate
A kitchen stove left burning after employees left
Sunday afternoon started a five-alarm fire that caused
$2 million damage to the Quality Inn and its Good
Day Cafe, the Vallejo Fire Department said Monday
Fire department spokesman William Tweedy said the
flames from the burning stove apparently ignited paper
take-out containers and meal order tickets near the
stove after employees left between 3 and 4 p.m. The
fire spread to a storage area and the attic, Tweedy
The fire was reported by an off-duty police officer
at 9:58 p.m. Sunday. Firefighters arrived at the two-story,
78-room motel and attached cafe at 44 Admiral Callaghan
Lane within four minutes, Tweedy said. Flames at the
south side of the motel and cafe reached 35 to 40
feet above the roofline and a second and third alarm
was called at 10:05 p.m., Tweedy said.
All rooms in the motel were evacuated and a fifth
alarm was called at 10:15 p.m., Tweedy said. Fire
crews were unable to access the fire from the roof
because it collapsed and crews used a ladder truck
as a platform to pour water on the heavily burning
fire above the restaurant and prevent the entire motel
from burning, Tweedy said.
The fire was contained at 10:45 p.m. and crews were
on the scene until 1 a.m. today, Tweedy said. Seventy-seven
firefighters responded to the blaze and mutual aid
was received from Benicia, American Canyon, Crocket,
Fairfield, Suisun and the Solano County Office of
Emergency Services and the Medic ambulance company.
No injuries were reported and motel guests in 25
rooms were moved to unaffected rooms, the fire department
The owner of the cafe is establishing a relief fund
at a local bank to assist her employees with living
expenses, Tweedy said.
The motel fire was the third blaze in Vallejo over
A four-alarm fire at a two-story, single-family home
at 1259 Hale St. and at another residence at 1253
Hale St. at 6:03 p.m. Saturday injured six firefighters
and caused $775,000 damage, the fire department said.
Three of the firefighters were able to return to work,
Tweedy said. The other three suffered knee, hip and
A resident of one of the homes suffered smoke inhalation.
Several pet birds that were kept in the garage at
1259 Hale St. perished. The fire was determined to
be accidental, Tweedy said.
A two-alarm fire at 1231 Severus Drive caused $225,000
damage Saturday at 1:34 a.m. The fire was caused by
a short or defective motor in a hot tub located in
the gazebo in the rear of the house, Tweedy said.
The fire set off a smoke detector that alerted residents
of the home.