“Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Capt. Matt Burton, 34, of Concord, Fire Engineer Scott Desmond, 37, of Brentwood, and residents Delbert Moore, 67, and Gayle Moore, 62, died in the blaze at the couple’s ranch-style, one-story home on Michele Drive in the Montalvin Manor neighborhood, authorities said.
The firefighters had managed to pull one victim from the home and were trying to find the other person when they were caught in a “flashover,…”
“…Burton, a firefighter for more than 10 years, was married and had two children. Desmond leaves behind his wife of three years, Carolyn, and their 17-month-old son, Tyler. Desmond was usually based at an Antioch fire station. On Saturday, he and Burton were assigned to the San Pablo station, said fire Capt. Bob Atlas.
“Scott was my best friend,” said Atlas, who graduated with Desmond in the same county fire-academy class eight years ago. “He was a tremendous individual with phenomenal skills. Everybody liked him. I don’t think there was a single person that didn’t have a great comment to say about him. He was a salt-of-the-earth guy.”
The firefighters’ deaths underscore the dangers they face on the job, Atlas said. “There’s no question this is an extremely dangerous job,” he said. “When we take our oath to do our job, this is something we love to do. We want to help people. He died trying to make this a better world.”