A number of explosions and large flames shook Bethel Island on Thursday evening, incinerating as many as three houses earlier than firefighters rushed to the scene and commenced to struggle the inferno.

Twenty-foot flames had been popping out of three houses subsequent to a levee on the 2700 block of Taylor Highway, in accordance with a 5:50 p.m. tweet by the East Contra Costa County Hearth Safety District.

“First 911 caller reported 20 foot flames and there may be extra reviews of explosions,” fireplace officers stated through Twitter.

Aimee Montgomery, a Bethel Island resident, was in Oakley getting her 13-year-old son a haircut when she heard the explosion.

“I used to be a good way away and I heard the explosion. It was enormous,” stated Montgomery, 39, who rushed again residence solely to seek out Taylor Highway, which she makes use of to get residence, blocked off and fireplace vehicles all around the avenue.

“It was enormous flames, a complete loss for the primary home for certain. There may be nothing left. It’s utterly gone,” Montgomery stated as she waited with dozens of others at Bethel Market, on the finish of Taylor Highway, about 500 yards from the conflagration. “The opposite ones are full losses too, however a minimum of there’s some construction left.”

By eight p.m. the flames had died down considerably and it appeared firefighters had been getting a deal with on the three blazes, witnesses stated. No accidents had but been reported.

Peter Fimrite is a San Francisco Chronicle employees author. Electronic mail: [email protected] Twitter: @pfimrite

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