A pre-dawn car fire on Sandringham Drive North in Moraga was apparently triggered when a 20-year-old occupant of the residence, banned from smoking cigarettes in the home, took a smoking break in his car under a carport outside the residence, fell asleep, and woke up to find the car ablaze and the fire spreading toward the home.
The blaze at 235 Sandringham was first reported at 4:08 a.m., with police and firefighters arriving to find the car fully engulfed in flames and the fire spreading through vegetation outside, according to Fire District Spokesman Dennis Rein.
Police said the unnamed smoker made it out of the burning car unscathed. Two other adults and a dog were evacuated from the home, also without injury.
Nineteen firefighters from MOFD and ConFire were eventually required to extinguish the blaze – reported under control within 30 minutes of firefighter’s arrival, at 4:33 a.m.
There was no immediate estimate of damage or cause given, though investigators said the car was totaled and the resultant blaze caused moderate to major damage to the adjacent home.