RP fire lands two in hospital, destroys four apartments
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By Dave Williams  January 21, 2013 10:40 am

A two-alarm fire at a Rohnert Park apartment complex early Monday morning sent two people to a local hospital and left 15 other homeless.

Rohnert Park Dept. of Public Safety firefighters responded to the fire after receiving phone calls alerting crews to the blaze in the carport of the apartment complex at 8020 Beverly Dr. just after 1:40 a.m. One woman reportedly suffered a broken ankle, while a child suffered smoke inhalation. Also, a firefighter received stitches after cutting his hand while breaking through a window.

According to Lt. John Marty, supervisor of the RPDPS fire division, a good Samaritan is credited with assisting a family escape their second-floor apartment as the blaze raged behind them. Marty said had the man not been there to assist, things could have been worse.

Several  cars were set ablaze, and the fire had reached a common fence between residences as well as a tree. The apartments affected by the blaze were located directly above the burning carport.

The blaze completely destroyed four units and damaged three others, according to the RPDPS. A temporary shelter has been established by the local American Red Cross.

Red Cross volunteers opened a shelter and provided other assistance to nine residents affected by the fire. The shelter, at the Rohnert Park Community Center, provided a warm, safe place for the residents to meet with Red Cross volunteers, who also provided funds for food, clothing and replacement medicines. The volunteers included a nurse and mental health professional to provide support for both physical and mental health.

Most of the people affected by the fire did not require a place to stay, so Red Cross is arranging for motel stays to the few people who need them.


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