The Santa Rosa Fire Department received several calls regarding a house that appeared to be on fire. The first unit arrived in three minutes and was flagged down by a bystander who advised that there was smoke and fire visible in her neighbor’s house. The captain from the first engine approached the building and noticed that there was dark smoke from the floor to the ceiling inside the residence. As other firefighters advanced hoses towards the structure, the captain kicked the door open to access the interior, and as he did, the resident’s dog quickly escaped through the open door.
Crews discovered that the fire was burning in the kitchen and dining area of the home and extinguished the fire. Other firefighters completed a search for occupants but didn’t find any. They did locate and remove the occupant’s cat which was handed off in good condition to a neighbor. The occupant arrived and took possession of her pets. The fire was brought under control in 15 minutes.
The fire was determined to be accidental in nature and originated in the kitchen. Damage to the structure and contents was estimated to be $75,000.