Residents Displaced and Pet Dies in Last Night’s Fire

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All photos by Oliver Cory

Press release from Humboldt Bay Fire: (For more on this fire including many more photos, click here on our previous story, Cat Dies in Apparent Cooking Mishap Fire, Multiple People Displaced)

On February 3rd at approximately 6:30 PM Humboldt Bay Fire responded to a
reported residential structure fire in the 2400 block of Union Street. Three fire
engines, one ladder truck and two chief officers responded. Upon arrival first
arriving crews observed smoke and flames coming from a first floor window to
the rear of a two story duplex. As engines and the truck company arrived units
were assigned to extinguish the fire, ventilate, and search for any trapped
occupants. All occupants safely escaped from the fire. Unfortunately, during
their search firefighters located two cats. The animals were removed and given
resuscitative care (CPR). One cat survived but the other unfortunately
succumbed to his injuries.
The fire was knocked down in approximately 10 minutes, with full extinguishment
and overhaul taking approximately one hour. American Red Cross personnel
provided the fire victims with assistance in locating temporary housing and food.
The preliminary fire investigation indicates this was an accidentally caused fire,
the result of cooking oil which spilled onto a stovetop. Once it ignited the fire
spread to cabinets and other combustibles in the apartment’s kitchen. Damage
estimate is about $25,000.

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