Residents Evacuated When Arcata Apartment Building Caught Fire, APD Investigates

Press release provided by Arcata Fire District:

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Arcata Fire District at an incident last month. [Photo by Arcata Fire.]

Shortly after 2:00 A.M. Arcata Fire District was dispatched to a structure fire in the 800 Block of K Street. First reports stated there was a fire in the downstairs apartment.Once fire crews arrived on scene they reported light smoke coming from the front door and window of the apartment. “From the outside we could see melted window blinds” stated Captain Jon Busher.

After the first arriving fire crew made entry into the apartment they reported there was extensive fire damage in the kitchen and were checking for fire extension in the walls and to other apartments. While Arcata Fire crews were checking for extension the Arcata Police Department had already started evacuating the building. All residences were accounted for and no injuries were reported.

A joint investigation is being coordinated between Arcata Fire District and the Arcata Police Department. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Arcata Fire District responded with two engines, one truck, seven career personnel, five volunteer personnel and two chief officers. Humboldt Bay Fire responded with one engine and one chief officer to provide coverage for the district. Arcata Police Department provided logistics and will be working on the investigation.

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