Items near heater started apartment fire

December 15, 2008 1:48:32 PM PST
A blanket and other household items left in cardboard boxes against a wall heater caused a fire that damaged an apartment building at 777 Meadowsweet Drive Sunday evening, the Corte Madera Fire Department reported this morning.

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.