Last week’s Remember When “mystery photo” taken by Press photographer Glenn Moore, was well-remembered by a number of Tracyites. The wind-whipped blaze on Aug. 27, 1999, destroyed four houses under construction on Hollowbrook Court in the Pebblebrook subdivision in south Tracy and damaged a fifth.
Don Cose, who was developing the homes, wrote: “I remember the fire only too well. We lost a lot of money at our Pebblebrook subdivision that day. A plumber was the culprit. He was soldering a pipe and set the adjoining wood on fire. The Tracy winds did the rest.”
Also remembering the fire were Karen Hayashi; Robin Gooch, who reported that residents on nearby Quail Run Circle provided refreshments to the firefighters; and Kevin Fields, who witnessed the fire the day he moved into a home on nearby Glenbriar Circle. “It was some welcome to the neighborhood,” he said.
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