Fires erupt, shutting down Wood Bridge
On Tuesday, Sept. 1, two fires were reported to Public Safety, both along the Calaveras River. One was on the east side of Pershing Avenue along the side of the Calavera, south of the Townhouses.
This fire caused the shut down of the Wood Bridge, which students frequently use to cross the river. The second fire erupted on the east side of Pacific Avenue. The smoke from this fire threatened to drift across campus. Fortunately, no evacuations were required.
The Stockton Fire Department was called to put out the fires. Students were first notified of the fires at 3:51 p.m. The fires were extinguished close to an hour later at 4:46 p.m.
The cause of the fire is as of yet unknown. Rumors range from innocuous to insidious, with claims the fires were a controlled burn contrasting with whispers that they were started by a tossed cigarette.
Neither Public Safety nor Media Relations were available for comment on these matters. The fires bring attention to Pacific’s preparedness to handle events such as these.
The drought may also have played a role in the fire. Students are urged to be careful when disposing cigarettes and other potentially flammable objects.