I got back to mom's place off of Curbaril near the railroad tracks and she immediately asked me if I had seen what had driven through her neighborhood Code 3 minutes before I returned as she had been "indisposed" at the time and missed seeing it. I told her what it was and that I was surprised it had driven as far east as east of her house as that seemed to me to be the cover area of Station #1. I dismissed it and we proceeded to have dinner in front of the television and saw on the local news that there had been a robbery in Atascadero today (wow, another serious crime following the recent murder of an AHS grad).
Soon we heard another siren rolling down Curbaril eastbound so I got up and checked and low and behold it was that Truck 7545 again (or so I thought). I assumed at that time that it had returned to station from its previous call rather soon after I saw it and now was being called out to mom's general neighborhood for another call in rather quick succession.
Near the end of dinner we then heard Air Attack 340 fly overhead. I was still in denial anything was going on of interest and assumed it was simply passing over en route to or from a fire call elsewhere. Nonetheless, the sound of its engines is like Pavlov's dogs to mom and I being life-long fire chasers from a three-generation California fire chasing family. I went out onto her driveway and immediately noticed the aircraft orbiting above and so I walked down her driveway to the street and immediately noticed smoke to the left which is northeast. A little closer examination revealed that there was a fire with dark smoke in what appeared to be the Salinas Riverbed up near the Highway 41 bridge.
I immediately elected to go check it out and see if I could take any images that would be blog-worthy. I offered to take mom with me but she declined as she was still finishing up her dinner so I went alone. I took Sycamore around Pine Mountain from Curbaril to get a closer look and soon realized this was a structure fire in the Sycamore Industrial Park adjacent to the river and south of the bridge. Below are images I took immediately upon arriving the first time and others from a second visit to the fire after I went back and picked up mom following a lull in the fire which tricked me into believing it was over before it actually was.
As it turned out that second truck I saw roar through mom's neighborhood on Curbaril was a second such unit and in particular it was mutual aid from the City of Paso Robles which also has one in its arsenal. The fire turned out to be burning in the rear-most building of the Sycamore Industrial Park on the east side of Atascadero in the shadow of Pine Mountain. This building housed a fiberglass manufacturing plant which was completely destroyed.
|Atascadero F.D. Truck 7545 directing its master stream through a skylight with Paso Robles F.D. Truck 8141 preparing to do the same.|
|Paso Robles F.D. Truck 8141 (left) directing its master stream onto the fire while Atascadero F.D. Truck 7545 (right) does the same.|
|Paso Robles F.D. Truck 8141 continues to direct its master stream on an apparently worsening fire at this point while Atascadero F.D. Truck 7545 takes a break.|
|Paso Robles F.D. Truck 8141|