KCBS Reporter Holly Quan

Thousands Evacuated Overnight Because Of Gas Vault Fire in Bay Point

KCBS Radio Morning News
October 18, 2018 - 4:46 am

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS Radio) -- Thousands of residents of a neighborhood in Bay Point have been evacuated this morning because of a fire in an underground gas vault operated by Chevron.

Steve Hill of the Contra Costa Fire Department says the fire started as a vegetation fire at around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The vault, about the size of the back of a pickup truck, is located at Poinsettia and Suisun Avenues. 

About 4,000 residents living in 1,400 homes have been evacuated.

Pittsburg police shared infrared video recorded by a drone that shows the location of the underground fire. Their measurements said that the fire was burning at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Those are residents living between Bailey Road and Loftus Lane and from the railroad tracks south to Hanlon Way. 

Bay Point evacuation zone
Contra Costa Community Warning System map

Meanwhile, Hill said Chevron is working to mitigate the danger by venting gas from the pipeline.

There have been no reported injuries.

Stay with KCBS for the latest on this developing story.