Fire Marshal: Apartment building damaged in fire lacked sprinklers

4 families displaced, 6 apartments damaged in blaze

A large apartment building in which half a dozen units were damaged in a two-alarm fire early Sunday morning in Walnut Creek was not equipped with an automatic sprinkler system, fire officials said.

The fire on the 500 block of North Civic Drive displaced four families including seven adults and six children and threatened an adjacent

apartment building before it was brought under control, Contra Costa County Fire Marshal Lewis Broschard said.

The fire was first reported around 1:45 a.m.

Firefighters found three to four units on the first and second floor of the two-story building involved in flames.

Crews took a defensive, exterior attack on the fire and worked to protect an adjacent apartment building that was receiving extensive heat exposure, Broschard said.

Crews were eventually able to make their way inside the building and ultimately limited the fire's spread to four units, although an

additional two units sustained water damage, Broschard said.

The fire was declared under control around 2:30 a.m.

The American Red Cross is assisting those displaced by the fire with temporary housing, he said.

No one was injured in the fire.

Broschard said the building was equipped with smoke detectors in each bedroom of each unit, but was not equipped with an automatic fire sprinkler system.

The Boulders apartment homes are in the 500 block of North Civic Drive.

The fire's cause remains under investigation, but Broschard said the blaze, which originated in a second-floor end unit, does not appear suspicious.


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