In a cavalcade of failures and occurrences Moragans were alternately plunged into darkness (if they weren’t already in bed at 11:05 p.m.), separated from the outside world when many lost Internet, and were sent honking and yelling into the street after fire broke out on Merrill Circle at 12:54 a.m.
In a “when it rains, it pours” environment, Moragans were ushered out of the Sanders Ranch neighborhood and directed to emergency shelters at St. Monica’s Church, Moraga Safeway, and other collection points around town.
No immediate cause was given for the blaze, which consumed dozens of acres and pushed up against homes – including Janet Brady’s home on Merrill. She caught this video snippet before evacuating.
Moraga-Orinda Fire Protection District officials said Thursday: “The cause has not been determined. The fire is still being investigated by CAL Fire, MOFD and Moraga PD. We will try to have a determination as soon as possible pending the full investigation.”
Bit of a trying time for a town most used to dealing with creeping Sink Holes and the occasional mudslide.