Firefighters say “a wall heater with combustible materials nearby” may have played a role in a fire that damaged a Santa Rosa apartment and left a man hospitalized with minor cuts and smoke inhalation on Friday afternoon .
The fire at an apartment on Yulupa Avenue near Mayette Avenue was reported at 1:23 p.m., Santa Rosa Fire Battalion Chief Jason Jenkins said as firefighters stood a few feet away on the roof of the burning house.
Firefighters broke into the house and found the fire was burning in the living room and bedroom, firefighters said in a statement.
The fire was brought under control about twenty minutes after the arrival of the firefighters.
Its exact cause is under investigation and damages are estimated at $ 100,000. The American Red Cross comes to the aid of the occupier.
The flames “severely damaged” the unit, but all others were still habitable and residents returned home after being evacuated from the two-story building, Jenkins said.
A woman living in the destroyed unit, which was on the second floor, said she and her mother were not there during the fire but her son and his girlfriend were outside.
A neighbor alerted her son to the fire and he ran inside to save his cat, she told The Press Democrat.
He broke a window to get inside and was taken to Providence Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital for cuts and smoke inhalation, Jenkins said.
The man’s mother, who declined to give his name, said her son is doing well but “he will need stitches”.
She confirmed that her 4-year-old cat, Shadow, died in the fire.
âShe was a fiery little cat,â the woman said.
Shadow was discovered under a bed, firefighters said.
Firefighters weren’t sure exactly how many people had been evacuated as a result of the blaze. Firefighters were present for about two hours as smoke lingered in the air.
Nate Rasmason, 39, lives next door and said he heard alarms go off before seeing smoke and fire coming out of the unit.
The fire department arrived a few minutes later and he waved them down. Outside, he heard the sounds of shattering and shattering of glass.
Overall, the damage was done within a short period of time.
âI don’t think it’s been that long,â Rasmason said.