Items near heater started apartment fire

CORTE MADERA, CA

Battalion Chief Peter Davis said the fire, which was reported at 6:48 p.m., was confined to the living room area and caused $8,500 damage, mostly from smoke. The female occupant was not injured and has moved to another unit in the complex, Davis said.

The woman was extinguishing the fire with a garden house when firefighters arrived, and firefighters were able to control the blaze in 10 minutes. Crews from Corte Madera, Larkspur and Kentfield responded.

Davis said the fire is a reminder to residents to be careful this holiday season with heat-producing appliances, candles and electric circuits that may be overloaded with holiday lighting.

Davis said firefighters are still investigating the cause of a Dec. 6 fire at a 20-unit apartment complex at 225 Upland Circle in Corte Madera.

That fire, which prompted a six-alarm response, started in an apartment on the second floor and displaced 50 people, Davis said.

Firefighters are waiting for a damage estimate from the apartment complex's insurance company, Davis said.

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