Mother and Son Escape Hayward Apartment Fire

Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012  |  Updated 8:05 AM PDT
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Hayward firefighters battled an apartment fire on Tuesday, where was unit was gutted and another suffered smoke damage. Six people were affected by the blaze on Dixon Street, and the power went out. Two people - a  mother and son - escape without injury. Christie Smith reports.

Hayward firefighters battled an apartment fire on Tuesday, where was unit was gutted and another suffered smoke damage. Six people were affected by the blaze on Dixon Street, and the power went out. Two people - a mother and son - escape without injury. Christie Smith reports.

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A woman and her 8-year-old son escaped a suspicious fire at their  Hayward home early this morning, a Hayward Fire Department spokesman said.


The one-alarm fire was reported at 3:59 a.m. at a three-bedroom  apartment at 29163 Dixon St.
The mother and son were sleeping when the mother heard glass  breaking, Hayward fire spokesman LaShon Earnest said.

She went into the living room and found a fire burning and saw  that there was a roughly 12-inch hole in her front window, Earnest said. 

When fire crews arrived, smoke and flames were coming from the  apartment's windows. They opened up the roof to ventilate the blaze, and  controlled the fire in six minutes, Earnest said.
The fire caused an estimated $100,000 in damage to the building  and destroyed $25,000 in contents, he said.

The blaze is considered suspicious, in part because of how quickly  the flames spread, Earnest said. He said investigators are looking into  whether an object was thrown through the window.

No injuries were reported, and the American Red Cross has been  called in to help set up the residents with temporary shelter.
 

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