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Fire damages home in north Alamo

Smoke alarm credited with helping save resident from early-morning blaze

A one-alarm fire heavily damaged a home in northern Alamo early Thursday morning, according to fire district spokesman.

Around 1:30 a.m., firefighters responded to a report of a structure fire happening near the corner of Crest and Hillgrade avenues, according to Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Capt. George Laing. The home is about half a mile from the Danville Boulevard-Livorna Road intersection.

When firefighters arrived, they saw black smoke coming from the residence, Laing said.

The single occupant inside the home was asleep at the time of the fire, according to Laing.

The resident woke up when she heard the home's smoke alarm sounding. She tried to call 9-1-1, but her phone wasn't working, Laing said.

She was ultimately able to escape through a back door, wearing only pajamas, according to Laing.

The fairly large house sustained major damage as a result of the blaze, Laing said.

The home had recently undergone some renovations because the owners had recently put the home up for sale, according to Laing.

The fire rekindled throughout the morning and firefighters had to return three times, Laing said.

"This house was adjacent to wildland and could have easily spread had it not been for a quick and aggressive response by firefighters," Laing said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Laing said the fire should serve as a reminder to residents to test their home smoke detectors every month. "In this case, the smoke alarm is responsible for saving this person's life," he said.

— Bay City News Service

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