A firefighter was injured while helping clean up a tire fire in Oakley on Wednesday afternoon, according to the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District.
The blaze that started shortly before 2:15 a.m. is under an investigation being helped by the bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Battalion Chief Ross Macumber said.
The firefighter who suffered a hand injury was sent to a hospital and released. Macumber said the firefighter will be taking time off and an update on his condition will be provided in a few days.
The injury to the firefighter was a far cry from the near-miss a few firefighters experienced when a train unexpectedly came through the scene when train traffic was supposed to be stopped earlier in the morning, fire officials said.