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Unknown cause for fire in Arcata

Arcata Fire Press Release - 04-12-15


ARCATA - Shortly before 3:00 PM Sunday, Arcata Fire District was dispatched to a possible structure on the 900 block of Union Street. It was reported that neighbors had called 9-1-1 because they heard smoke alarms sounding in the structure.

The first arriving officer, Battalion Chief Dave White reported a two story structure with nothing showing from the front of the house. After making contact with neighbors, he confirmed there was light smoke coming from the back of the structure. The first engine on scene deployed hose line and made an interior attack through the back door of the residence and quickly extinguished the fire. “

The fire was contained to the hallway and a closet. There was minimal damage to the rest of the structure,” stated BC White. Once the fire was extinguished, fire crews provided positive pressure ventilation to remove the remaining smoke from the building. The building was vacant at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Arcata Fire District responded with two Chief Officers, three engines and eight volunteer fire fighters and one career fire fighter responded in private vehicles. Arcata Police Department responded to provide logistics. Humboldt Bay Fire responded with one engine to provide coverage for the fire district.