Three people were sent to the hospital on Saturday morning after a drunk driver reportedly collided into a series of objects and started a warehouse fire along Airport Road.
Pacifica resident Matthew Burnham, 39, is being charged with felony drunk driving for allegedly causing serious injuries to his passengers and more than $200,000 in property damage. He remains in the hospital in serious condition.
California Highway Patrol officials say the accident started around 1:45 a.m. after Burnham and two Coastside residents left a Princeton bar in his 2011 Cadillac CTS.
Turning north to drive along Airport Road, Burnham was reportedly driving at a fast speed when he veered to the side of the street and crashed into a boat parked along the road. He continued driving and collided again into a van parked near Stanford Avenue. The impact pushed the van into a commercial warehouse and started a fire.
Flammable materials packed inside the warehouse were quickly ignited. The blaze continued to grow even after it triggered the building’s automatic sprinkler system.
Coastside firefighters arrived within minutes and requested aid from other regional fire departments to help battle the blaze. A total of 55 firefighters from across the Peninsula spent about 90 minutes to extinguish the fire.
The three people in the car were taken by ambulance to Stanford Medical Center. Burnham suffered multiple fractured ribs and a broken sternum in the crash.
CHP officials say Burnham was drunk at the time of the accident, but they could not provide any specifics. They are continuing to investigate the incident.
A 21-year-old passenger from Half Moon Bay suffered a ruptured spleen and remains in serious condition in the hospital. A second passenger, a 21-year-old from Montara, suffered an eye injury. He was released from the hospital on Saturday.