Abandoned house in Half Moon Bay catches fire


Posted by on Wed, May 3, 2006

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Cheri Parr
It's an exciting first day on the job for these two firefighters just out of the academy.
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Cheri Parr
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Cheri Parr

An abandoned house at the end of Church Street in Half Moon Bay caught fire late Wednesday afternoon.  All three engines from the Half Moon Bay Fire Department responded.

The fire involved two rooms in the one-story structure.  The captain on the scene said that because there was no power to the building that "someone was likely to be involved".

Because the building was abandoned, firefighters fought the blaze defensively, knocking down the fire from outside before entering.  The interior of the building was hazardous, with rotted floor boards. A stove blocked the front door.

By 6:15pm, the crew was going through the building, looking for hotspots.

Two firefighters, Clary and Moorhase, were in the firehouse for their first day after graduating from the academy when the call came in.  To show you the Half Moon Bay Fire Department in action, Coastsider has set up a photo gallery of this fire.


Thanks for the fast coverage.  I was on Westbound 92 around 5 PM Wednesday afternoon.  Engine 27 from San Mateo was in the backup ahead of me.  My guess is they were moved up to the Coastside to backup the local engine companies.  It’s good to see the mutual aid/greater alarm is in place and working.

I am very curious about this house.  Who actually owns it?  This house was pretty much in the same shape 10 years ago when we first moved down here (that is pre-fire).  It is a very old house and probably has historical value.  (I love one of the old garden roses planted by it.  I do hope that someone makes cuttings of it if the site is ever developed.)