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Investigation continues into Rohnert Park apartment complex fire

Rohnert Park fire officials Tuesday expanded their investigative team looking into the cause of a devastating apartment complex fire, but have been unable to determine a cause.

Rohnert Park Lt. John Marty requested assistance from the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, as well as additional members of Sonoma County's arson and fire investigation team. But, he said so far things are "inconclusive."

"Right now we haven't found anything in particular. We're not focusing on any one thing," he said.

Rohnert Park Fire Investigation

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Fire officials initially were calling the Beverly Apartments fire "suspicious" and said the carport area was considered a crime scene because they hadn't yet determined what sparked the fire.

The 1:45 a.m. Monday fire apparently started in a carport and then quickly spread to the old apartment complex on the floors above.

It caused an estimated $1 million in damage, Marty said.

The blaze destroyed six one-bedroom apartments, at least six cars and displaced 15 people.

Several occupants were rescued by a good Samaritan. He caught two young children dropped from the second floor by their mother when the family was trapped by flames.

He also assisted another couple by placing a ladder for them to climb down.

Investigators combed through the charred remains of the carport.


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