WATSONVILLE – A fire broke out in a wood garage behind a home at 30 Riverside Drive Tuesday.
Watsonville Fire Battalion Chief Kirt Vojvoda said no one was in the building when it caught fire and no injuries were reported. He said that once he spotted the huge column of black smoke from Fire Station 1 on Second Street, he amped up the response to a full structure fire, which drew firefighters from North Monterey County, Cal Fire and Central Fire to join Watsonville Fire in battling the blaze.
“It was fully involved with flames as we pulled in,” he said.
The fire ended up burning the structure to the ground.
The home has had numerous incidents involving police and firefighters and largely serves as a sprawling homeless encampment. Several years ago another fire swept through the second floor of the main house. Several Watsonville Police at the scene confirmed that they have responded to the house numerous times in the past.