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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

News Release

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Contact: San Francisco Field Division

ATF National Response Team Arrives to Determine Cause & Origin of Three-Alarm Fire in Concord

Fire destroys 5-story apt. complex under construction causing $55 million in damage

CONCORD, California. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) National Response Team (NRT) arrived on scene today to help investigate the three-alarm fire at the apartment complex that was under construction at 905 Galindo St., Concord, California.   
On Tuesday, April 24, a fire was reported around 1 a.m. Special agents to include a certified fire investigator from the San Francisco Field Division responded to assist with the investigation. The Contra Costa County Fire District requested ATF’s expertise and resources to determine the cause and origin of the devastating fire resulting in approximately $55 million in damage. 
The fire destroyed an under construction five-story complex, consisting of approximately 180 apartments within 265,000 square feet.  The fire threatened the adjacent Renaissance Square apartments on Concord Boulevard at Galindo Street, causing 250 people to evacuate.  
ATF is the federal agency with jurisdiction, expertise and resources to investigate large-scale complex fire and explosives scenes. The NRT is composed of veteran special agents who include certified fire investigators, certified explosives specialists, fire protection engineers, chemists, forensic mappers and other highly specialized and experienced fire investigators. San Diego’s Fire and Rescue Department’s ATF trained arson/accelerant detection dog, Emily, and her handler, also deployed as part of the team.  
This is the 12th NRT activation this fiscal year and the 827th activation since the inception of the NRT in 1978. Anyone with any information about this fire should contact the tip line at (925) 603-5836 or  Det Tucker (925) 603-5828. Tips can anonymously be reported by visiting or through the mobile “reportit” app, available both on Google Play and the Apple App Store. All calls can be kept confidential on request. 
San Francisco Field Division