Nearly 40 people were displaced after electrical smoke activated a fire sprinkler Tuesday afternoon at a senior living center. A fire was reported around 2:57 p.m. at Hillcrest Memory Care Living at 825 East 18th Street, said Contra Costa County Fire Inspector Steve Aubert. No injuries have been reported.
An individual was working in a maintenance room when smoke from an electronic device activated the fire sprinklers in the building. The incident was under control around 3:30 p.m. The senior living center cares for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, said Contra Costa County Fire Marshal Robert Marshall. The small electrical fire was controlled by a single sprinkler head.
“If there was a bigger fire in there, we would have had a much bigger problem and possibly fatalities,” Marshall said. Aubert said the water damage impacted 39 tenants. They were “relocated to a different center because it’s going to take some time to clean up the area,” he said.