Santa Rosa fire damages vacant home
Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 3:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 11:08 p.m.
A fire Wednesday evening at a vacant home on Olive Street in Santa Rosa is believed to have been started by “discarded smoking material” left by transients, fire officials said.
Santa Rosa Battalion Chief Mike Jones said the fire was first reported at 5:57 p.m. When firefighter arrived they saw a burning car port in between the residence at 505 Olive St. and a duplex in the back. The fire got into the duplex.
Jones said it took about 15 minutes to knock out the fire in the car port and another 15 minutes to put out the fire in the residence.
Firefighters were able to keep the flames from spreading to nearby homes.
Jones said a neighbor reported seeing people leave the property sometime before the fire started. But Jones said fire investigators do not suspect arson.
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