Flames rip through Santa Cruz home

Santa Cruz firefighters deal with a fire that broke out on the second floor of a home at 783 North Branciforte Ave. Saturday morning. — Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian

SANTA CRUZ — Four adults safely fled their North Branciforte Avenue home early Saturday morning after a fire erupted on the second floor.

The Santa Cruz Fire Department responded a report of flames barreling out of a window at 783 N. Branciforte Ave. The 911 center updated responding units that they were receiving several calls that the second story of the house was on fire.

The first arriving engine found the two-story house with heavy fire showing from the second floor windows with all occupants out front, Battalion Chief Daniel Kline said.

“The crew began to extinguish the fire from the exterior of the home until additional units arrived,” Kline said. “Crews then entered the structure and located the fire on the second floor and completed extinguishment. Crews also accessed the roof of the structure to cut a ventilation hole to allow smoke and heat to be released from inside the structure.”

 A search of the home revealed that no other occupants were inside. One person at the scene was later treated for minor injuries and no firefighter injuries were reported, Kline said.

“The fire cause of the fire has not been determined, however, the origin was on the second floor of the home in a sleeping area,” Kline said.

The American Red Cross worked with the displaced occupants to secure temporary housing and provide other needs.

Loss was placed at $300,000.

“The Santa Cruz Fire Department wants to remind everyone of the importance of pre-planning escape routes in your home along with properly installed and functioning smoke detectors,” Kline said.

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