Walnut Creek fire does $220,000 worth of damage

November 29, 2009 12:26:46 PM PST
A two-alarm fire that started at a condominium in Walnut Creek Saturday evening caused more than 150 people to be evacuated from the complex while firefighters put out the blaze, a Contra Costa County Fire Protection District battalion chief said.

The fire was reported at 5:36 p.m. at 410 N. Civic Drive, according to Battalion Chief Dave George.

The blaze began at a condo in the fourth floor of the building and spread to others on the fifth floor, George said.

The fire was controlled within an hour, but between 150 and 200 people at the apartment complex were evacuated while crews battled the blaze, according to George.

The fire appeared to have started in a kitchen, but the resident was not home at the time, George said.

The kitchen was burned, and the blaze caused smoke and fire damage to three other condos, he said. The fire caused $220,000 worth of damage.

Eight residents will be displaced by the fire tonight, but the rest of the people who had to be evacuated were allowed back into their homes, according to George. No residents or firefighters were injured by the blaze, he said.

North Civic Drive was closed while firefighters battled the blaze, but the road has since reopened, George said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, he said.


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