Multiple vehicles were burning in a wrecking yard in the area of 400 W. Gertrude Ave. in Richmond on Friday morning. (Courtesy California Highway Patrol via Twitter)

Multiple vehicles were burning in a wrecking yard in the area of 400 W. Gertrude Ave. in Richmond on Friday morning. (Courtesy California Highway Patrol via Twitter)

UPDATE: Fire at auto wrecking yard burns 200 vehicles

UPDATE 11:21 A.M.:

A fire in a Richmond auto wrecking yard that sent a huge column of black smoke into the air and kept nearby residents sheltered in their homes for nearly three hours is now under control, according to a Contra Costa County fire spokesperson.

Firefighters first responded to the fire at West Gertrude Avenue and Richmond Parkway a little after 7 a.m. and issued the shelter-in-place order for neighborhoods in the immediate area at about 8 a.m.

Crews had the fire under control by about 10 a.m. and lifted the shelter-in-place order at about 10:50 a.m., according to Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Fire Marshal Robert Marshall.

Richmond Parkway will likely remain closed in both directions from Pittsburg Avenue to Gertrude Avenue for most of the day.

It’s not clear what started the fire, which burned about 200 cars, but it appears to be accidental, Marshall said.

The fire seems to have started in one car and spread quickly to many others partly due to the strong winds that were blowing through the area at the time, Marshall said.

The cars in the wrecking yard are stacked on top of each other and the fire was able to easily jump from one car to another.

No injuries were reported and no structures burned, Marshall said.

Crews have been continually conducting air quality monitoring during the incident.

The fire was listed as one-alarm but required additional, specialized crews and equipment from the nearby Chevron Richmond Refinery.

The Chevron crews provided the foam fire retardant that was the key to eventually dousing the blaze, Marshall said.

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Cities including San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley are calling for large grocery and drug store chains to pay employees hazard pay for working during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Shutterstock)
SF proposes $5 hazard pay law for grocery, drug store workers

San Francisco may soon join the growing number of cities requiring large… Continue reading

Hikers walk along a closed stretch of Twin Peaks Boulevard on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SFMTA board to vote on future of Twin Peaks Boulevard

The proposal would keep Burnett Avenue gate closed to vehicles, open Portola Drive

Kindergarten teacher Jennifer Klein collects crayons from students in the classroom at Lupine Hill Elementary School on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020 in Calabasas, California. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Newsom, legislators strike deal to reopen California schools

Taryn Luna and John Myers Los Angeles Times Gov. Gavin Newsom and… Continue reading

A sign about proposed development of the bluff at Thornton State Beach in Daly City on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Retreat center proposed at popular state beach

Daly City residents oppose construction on ocean bluffs

City supervisors are calling for an expansion of free summer programs for elementary age kids. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Supervisors urge city to provide free summer programs for all SFUSD students

San Francisco supervisors on Monday announced a proposal to expand summer programs… Continue reading

Most Read