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Fire at Sonoma County jail appears intentional

A mattress fire in a cell at the Sonoma County Jail Sunday night was quickly extinguished by correctional officers.

The fire, which a Santa Rosa fire official said appeared to be intentionally started by the cell occupant, started from a spark produced by a lighting fixture that was tampered with.

The fire was reported about 7:25 p.m., prompting the dispatch of three fire engines, two ladder trucks and an ambulance to the jail, on Ventura Avenue in Santa Rosa.

Correctional officers put out the fire with extinguishers and a garden hose before firefighters arrived at about 7:30 p.m., according to Santa Rosa Fire Battalion Chief Mark Basque.

No injuries were reported. Aside from the mattress, personal belongings of the cell occupant suffered some minor damage in the blaze.

Fire dispatchers placed the incident in the jail's mental health unit.

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