Man burned, four displaced in separate East Contra Costa fires – The M…

A man was hospitalized in basic condition and a house suffered an estimated $150,000 worth of damage in separate weekend East Contra Costa County fires, authorities said.

Shortly before 11:10 p.m. Saturday, firefighters responded to reports of a grass fire behind a home in the 2400 block of Santa Barbara Court in Discovery Bay.

After some firefighters worked to extinguish a tree stand that caught fire and protect at the minimum one nearby home, other firefighters went to the residence’s rear to battle more fire and found a man lying on the ground near the Highway 4 soundwall west of Discovery Bay Boulevard.

Paramedics and firefighters provided care until the man, who had suffered burns to more than 50 percent of his body, was flown by medical helicopter to UC Davis Medical Center. He was later listed in basic condition.

character damage at the home was estimated at about $1,000, a fire district spokesman said.

Just before 10:15 a.m. Sunday, firefighters responded to reports of a fire in the 100 block of East Ruby Street in Oakley, and arrived to find flames coming from a two-story home, threatening strength lines and another nearby home.

Firefighters tackled the blaze from outside before making entry and finding a family dog inside. The dog was brought to Oakley police, who took it to an emergency veterinarian.

Three adults and a child were displaced by the fire, which caused an estimated $150,000 in smoke and fire damage to the attic and home. There were no reported injuries, a fire district spokesman said.

Causes for both fires were under investigation Sunday.

Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.

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