Fire damages east Santa Rosa home after explosion wakes neighborhood

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An explosion early Tuesday awakened an east Santa Rosa neighborhood, generating numerous 911 calls and bringing Santa Rosa firefighters who found a burning recreational vehicle and flames spreading to the adjoining home, a Santa Rosa fire official said.

A sleeping family inside the home — two parents, three young children and a dog — was able to get out safely when the mother heard the explosion, looked out to see an orange glow outside her house and evacuated, Santa Rosa Battalion Chief Matt Dahl said.

The 3:50 a.m. explosion was at a home on Evening Way, off St. Francis Road near Highway 12.

Firefighters found the RV parked in a side yard and engulfed in flames. Flames had spread into the home’s second story and attic, Dahl said.

The house sustained $200,000 in damage, according to a preliminary estimate. Heat also damaged a neighboring home, but firefighters stopped flames from spreading to nearby properties. Fire officials continue to investigate the cause of the explosion and subsequent fire.

You can reach Staff Writer Randi Rossmann at 707‑521-5412 or randi.rossmann@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter@rossmannreport.

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