[UPDATE 10:48 a.m.] Apartments on Pine Lane in Garberville Badly Damaged in Early Morning Fire
According Redway Fire Chief Brian Anderson, the dispatcher sent crews from Garberville Volunteer Fire Department, Redway Volunteer Fire Department, and Cal Fire.“When the first engines arrived they were met with heavy fire from the center of the apartment complex,” Anderson told us. “Additional assistance was requested from Briceland FD and Miranda FD for engines and crews.”
Also, he explained, “Fortuna FD was requested to deliver the air compressor trailer owned by the Humboldt County Fire Chiefs Association to fill breathing air bottles used at the scene.”The apartment building was badly damaged. Several residents lost their homes. Anderson said, “Three were destroyed, two damaged and not currently habitable.”
In addition, he stated, “The American Red Cross was summoned to assist with displaced residents.”
In addition, Anderson said, “The radiant heat ignited the rear of Our Lady of the Redwoods Church causing damage to the rear of that structure.”
Anderson told us that no resident was injured and the cause is under investigation.
UPDATE 10:48 a.m.: We spoke with Assistant Chief Alfred Williams from Garberville Fire. He was able to add in some details.
Williams said that the fire began in one of the apartments and spread damaging six out of the nine places and also, as Chief Anderson said, damaged the backside of the Catholic Church on Maple Lane. “PG&E has the power shut off,” Williams explained so even those residents of the undamaged apartments aren’t able to fully return. “We’re waiting on an official fire investigator to arrive to learn about the cause.”
He explained that firefighters would be checking on the burned building this afternoon to make sure that there were no hotspots.
Williams added, “I heard that there may have been some pets [in one of the apartments]. I can’t confirm that any died or not. I know the family was looking for them.”
He wanted to commend all the firefighters for their work. “The departments did great to prevent this from being a worse disaster,” he told us.