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2-alarm blaze burns garage of west Santa Rosa home

Santa Rosa firefighters late Wednesday night fought a two-alarm blaze at a westside home that displaced three residents and sent another to a hospital for burns.

A 19-year-old resident who discovered the fire suffered a third-degree burn to an area on his back and one shoulder and was taken by ambulance to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Battalion Chief Mark Basque said Thursday.

The fire on Cadence Way was reported at 11:42 p.m. by the man who found flames in the garage.

Santa Rosa firefighters from the Stony Point Road station arrived in six minutes and found the garage and a vehicle parked in front engulfed in flames, Basque said.

The arriving fire captain called for a second alarm, requesting extra help due to the threat to a nearby home, Basque said.

An aggressive attack had the flames under control in about 20 minutes, Basque said, and the fire was stopped from spreading to the home’s living area and to the adjacent home.

It destroyed the garage, two motorcycles and all of the items in the garage, which apparently was used partly as a rec room. There was smoke damage but no fire damage to the home.

The cause remained under investigation but initially appeared to be accidental. Basque estimated the fire caused about $100,000 in damage.

How the man was burned wasn’t clear Thursday. Firefighters weren’t told that anyone had been injured until they’d been working on the fire for 10 to 15 minutes, Basque said.

Cadence Way is off Fulton Road, between Guerneville Road and West College Avenue.

You can reach Staff Writer Randi Rossmann at 521-5412 or randi.rossmann@pressdemocrat.com or Twitter@rossmannreport.

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