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Fire damages Santa Rosa apartment complex

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Flames scorched a Santa Rosa apartment complex early Friday morning, destroying three cars and a motorcycle and displacing eight people.

The fire began shortly before 1 a.m. around a motorcycle at a complex on the 400 block of Klute Street in the St. Rose neighborhood downtown and engulfed the three other cars in the carport, Santa Rosa Fire officials said.

Residents of the complex were able to evacuate safely, and firefighters arrived to find the carport fully engulfed in flames.

“It was blowing out the back of the apartment and the front and lapping up into the living spaces,” said Battalion Chief Ken Sebastiani.

Firefighters were able to douse the blaze in about 25 minutes, fire officials said. Complex owner Tom Parsons, a contractor, surveyed the blackened carport and sooty building exterior Friday morning. He was told that the fire appears to have started on the Harley Davidson motorcycle owned by one of his tenants, the gas cap of which was missing, Parsons said.

“We had some work to do,” he said of the aging complex. “Now we’ve got a lot more to do.”

You can reach Staff Writer Kevin McCallum at 707-521-5207 or kevin.mccallum@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @srcitybeat.

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