At 4:00 P.M. today, units from Humboldt Bay Fire responded to a reported structure fire next door to 1014 J St. Upon arrival firefighters found a large, three-story residential structure with moderate smoke coming from it. There were numerous occupants running in and out of the structure. Firefighters were immediately assigned to evacuate the occupants that were in the immediate area and to remove occupants that had re-entered the structure. Additional personnel were assigned to attack the fire.
As some fire personnel attacked the fire, other personnel conducted a search of the structure to ensure that all occupants were out. Due to the construction features of the structure, additional units were sent to the upper floors to check for fire spread and to ventilate the structure. Salvage covers were spread over belongings to help minimize damage. Firefighters had the fire controlled in a matter of minutes and transitioned in to an overhaul and investigation mode.
The fire was confined to one room on the first floor; however, the rest of the structure suffered smoke damage. Damage was estimated at $20,000. Due to the damage to the structure, the Red Cross was contacted to assist the eight occupants of the residence who were displaced. There were no injuries reported. The Arcata Fire Protection District responded to assist with coverage of the rest of the Humboldt Bay Fire area.
The cause of the fire appears to be electrical.