CONCORD -- A man was injured trying to save his truck from a burning garage Friday morning in Concord's Crystyl Ranch neighborhood, fire officials said.
The two-alarm blaze was reported at 9:13 a.m. at a two-story home at 994 Autumn Oak Circle. Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and flames coming from the garage, said George Laing, Contra Costa County fire inspector.
The blaze, controlled about 10:45 a.m., quickly spread to the attic and two bedrooms above the garage. It took about 70 minutes for crews from the Walnut Creek, Concord, Pleasant Hill, Martinez, and Lafayette fire departments to contain flames shooting up through the roof that eventually caused it to collapse.
According to Laing, one of the three men in their mid-20s who lived in the home entered the garage after it was engulfed in flames to try to save his truck. While he managed to pull the truck out of the garage, the man's hair and scalp were burned, and he inhaled a significant amount of smoke, fire officials said.
A roommate who was home at the time of the fire made it out of the house uninjured. His car, along with that of the third roommate, were lost in the burning garage.
"He got (his truck) out, but at what cost?" Laing said. "Now he's in the hospital and could have long-lasting repercussions to his health. He could have died."
Even though the injured man got his truck out of the burning garage, it did not escape unharmed, as various elements of the garage had melted onto the truck, changing its appearance completely.
"He did have a sense of humor about it," Laing said. "He said, 'It looks like my truck got a remodel.'"
Neither the cause of the fire nor a damage estimate has been determined at this time, though the damage was said to be extensive, according to Laing. All three men will be staying with family in the area while they are displaced from their house.
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