A fire that apparently started in a garage Saturday night caused $150,000 worth of damage to a home at 203 Stokes Court in Petaluma.
Petaluma Fire Capt. Mike Medeiros said the homeowners' pet died in the 9:30 p.m. blaze. The owners were not home at the time, he said.
All Petaluma engines and battalion chief units responded to the blaze, which was called in by multiple neighbors, Medeiros said.
Medeiros gave the following account of the blaze:
"At 9:30 p.m., all Petaluma fire units responded to a reported structure fire in the garage of 203 Stokes Court.
"The dispatch center had received multiple calls to report
the fire, he said. The first arriving fire units found a single story duplex with
the garage of unit 203 fully involved.
"The fire had extended to the living space of unit 203 and spread to the exterior of the adjacent unit 201. Petaluma fire crews quickly searched the home and made a fire attack to knock-down the fire and to protect the neighboring homes.
"The fire was noticed and reported
by a neighbor across the street that heard a popping sound and walked outside
to find the fire coming from the garage of the residence.
"The residents of
unit 203 were not home at the time of the fire. The neighboring residents of
201, home at the time, were able to evacuate their home safely prior to the
arrival of the fire department.
"The cause of the fire is still under
investigation, but is believed to be accidental," Medeiros said.
Damage to the home was estimated at $150,000 and one pet perished in the fire, he said.
Although Medeiros did not mention in his report whether there were smoke detectors in the Stokes Court home, the Petaluma Fire Department attached the following warning message to the report on Saturday's fire:
Today, structure fires cause roughly 2,500 deaths annually, a significant reduction overall, but even one death is one too many. It should be noted that even in today’s environment, the 2,500 annual deaths are almost exclusively related to no smoke detection present in the home, or smoke detection was present, but not heard do to impairment from drugs