Two injured in Santa Rosa explosion, apartment fire

Two people were injured Thursday in a west Santa Rosa apartment fire that reportedly started with an explosion.

The blaze started early Thursday evening in the bedroom of a first-story apartment in a complex at 720 Dutton Ave.

Firefighters were already in the area after responding to a medical call and arrived within a few minutes. They quickly extinguished the flames, Battalion Chief Mike Jones said.

As many as six people were living in the apartment, Jones said. One person was taken to the hospital with what appeared to be minor burn injuries while another man who suffered burns fled the area, according to Jones and witnesses.

Officials were still looking for the second burn victim Thursday evening.

Many families stood outside the apartment complex watching firefighters as they cleaned up after blaze.

Two women comforted another woman, visibly shaken, who lived in the apartment where the fire started.

Jones said it was not immediately clear what caused the fire and that investigators would be looking into it further.

A mattress and some belongings burned, but the apartment itself was not seriously damaged, Jones said.

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