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Fire Causes $100,000 Worth Of Damage To Bay Street Home

A family BBQ went awry, but no one was hurt.

A family of five was enjoying a late Wednesday night BBQ at 703 Bay Street when something went wrong shortly before 11:21 p.m., according to Fire Chief Mike O'Brien of the Suisun City Fire Department. He estimated the fire caused $100,000 worth of damage to the house.

The BBQ was up against the back of the house, and the back of the house caught fire, O'Brien said. The family was able to escape unharmed and firefighters were able to knock down the flames within 15 minutes. However, it took firefighters an hour to chase down burning embers in the house's crawl space, walls, flooring and roof.

One unfortunate part of the episode was damage to personal property that wasn't insured. The family was renting the house and they didn't have renter's insurance.

"One of the things I tell my son and we try to tell everybody (who is renting) is they should have renter's insurance," O'Brien said.

It's unclear where the family is living now.

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B. Smith June 21, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Does Chief O'Brien have recommendations on how far to keep a BBQ from your home when in-use?
David Ryan June 21, 2012 at 06:41 PM
He didn't, but I know that it depends on the BBQ. Manufacturers recommendations differ depending on the type of fuel, design and make of a BBQ.
Carlos Villatoro June 21, 2012 at 07:11 PM
A BBQ past 11 p.m. Good times!
Laura Calderon June 21, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Another big reason to have Renters Insurance is not only for the Personal Property coverage but also for Liability. What if that family is held liable for that fire? What if the fire spread to other homes and they were held liable? Or what if they had a dog that bit some one? Liability would cover those issues up to your policy limit. Renters is a good purchase all the way around!

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