VALLEJO (KCBS)— An earthquake-damaged water main played a role in Vallejo firefighters’ ability to put out a fire on Mare Island. The fire broke out before 9 a.m. Tuesday in a vacant and abandoned commissary store. The water main, which has since been repaired, suffered diminished pressure from Sunday’s 6.0 earthquake in Napa, County.
Vallejo city officials have had over 20 water-main breaks since the temblor. The one on Mare Island was about a quarter mile from the fire.
Fire Chief Jack McArthur said it could have been a big concern if the entire structure were on fire.
“The fire took about one-fourth of the building,” he said. “We had adequate water to fight the fire. We didn’t have as much water as we usually would have.”