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April 21, 2010 > Fire at Union City residence leads to recovery of firearms

Fire at Union City residence leads to recovery of firearms

Submitted By Corporal. Steven Mendez, Union City PD

On Sunday, April 11, at 0941 hours, Union City Police assisted the Union City Fire Department at a structure fire on the 3200 block of San Luces Way. Upon arrival, the first engine company was faced with a fire emanating from the rear of a residence. UCPD officers arrived and began evacuating residents next door and behind the affected home.

During the evacuation, officers and fire personnel could hear loud popping sounds coming from inside the residence. It was determined that live ammunition was exploding as a result of heat from the fire. Casings and bullets began striking neighboring residences and vehicles in the area. An occupant of the residence confirmed that between 2000 to 3000 rounds of live ammunition was in the home.

This caused an expansion of the evacuation zone. U.C.P.D. officers conducted the evacuation and maintained a safe perimeter while U.C.F.D. fire fighters began extinguishing the fire. This two alarm fire was under control 30 minutes after first arrival of emergency personnel. There were no injuries reported as a result of the fire.

Aside from fire damage to the residence, only one other report of damage was made by a resident. The damage consisted of a broken car window resulting from a stray bullet. The Red Cross was contacted to assist the displaced family. Cause of the fire is under investigation and undetermined at this time. Several firearms, including two assault type rifles, were recovered from inside the residence by police. The weapons were taken for safekeeping.

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