[UPDATE 10:48 p.m.] Duplex Catches Fire on Spring Street in Eureka; Resident Arrested for DUI

Firefighters stand before the duplex.

Firefighters stand before the duplex. [Photo by Stormy Taylor]

A little before 8 p.m., crews responded to a fire in a duplex on Spring Street in Eureka. Neighbors had discovered flames and fought the fire with garden hoses, according to Humboldt Bay Fire Battalion Chief Kent Hulbert.

The flames started in the bedroom, he said.

Spring Street was closed from Buhne to West Hawthorne, but it has reopened now.

PG&E has shut off off power to the building. There was extensive damage to the house.

The neighbor kids wear firefighter hats as they watch the crews work

The neighbors wear firefighter hats as they watch the crews work. [Photo by Stormy Taylor]

During the fire, the resident of the home came to the scene. Allegedly he was driving with a suspended license while on probation. He was eventually arrested for being DUI.

The resident was arrested.

The resident was arrested for a DUI. [Photo by Stormy Taylor]

UPDATE 10:48 p.m.: Fire Damaged Residence on Spring Street



  • WOW……..What was he thinking??? (or not thinking). “Only in Humboldt”.

  • Bad trip, coming home drunk to your burned-out house. Shouldn’t get behind the wheel on beer!

  • What a nightmare.

  • The misadventures of bunjee

    God works in some mysterious ways if she has to burn your house down to let you know you have a drinking problem.

  • Poor guy. If I was out drinking and I heard my house is on fire I think I brush them too. May not be right but that’s what we do

  • If I was drinking and found out my house was burning I think I would run home too. It may not be right but that’s what most of us would do.

    • Lost Croat Outburst

      Well, yeah, but he was DUI on a suspended license and on probation. That complicates the issue. “poor guy?” DUI endangers everybody and this guy did not listen to the judge, obviously. Don’t know about the fire, but this dude was asking for trouble and he got it. Oh, in the follow-up story “poor guy” got confrontational with the fire crew which got the police in on it which got Mr. DUI off the street as an act of mercy to the public.

      BTW, the neighbors with the fire hats were very cute.

  • Hey kymkemp, why can’t I post?

    • You can…But the first time anyone posts, they are held for moderation which means you have to wait for me to come by and check you aren’t spam.

  • Seems there was one firefighter on scene whose sole duty was to walk around to all the kids and hand out those hats. It was cute.

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