21 Adults, 12 Children Displaced After Fire in Antioch: Officials

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More than 30 residents of two apartment complexes in Antioch were displaced Friday evening following a fast-moving fire that spread from one building to the other.

Steve Hill, spokesperson for the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, said late Friday evening that the two-alarm fire was first reported at 8:23 p.m. in the 2300 block of Sycamore Drive, east of Auto Center Drive and north of state Highway 4.

Hill said the fire began in a one-story apartment building, where it damaged two residential units. He added that flames jumped the sidewalk separating the building with a two-story apartment building. The fire quickly spread to a balcony of that building, eventually damaging eight units there.

The fire was under control at approximately 9:30 p.m.

Hill said 21 adults and 12 children were displaced from a total of 10 apartment units. The American Red Cross is assisting the fire victims late Friday evening.

There were no injuries to residents or firefighters, but one resident was transported to a local hospital for an unrelated medical issue.

Hill said none of the 10 units damaged are inhabitable.

Fire investigators arrived on scene and have determined preliminarily that the fire began in the vicinity of gas meters on the exterior of the one-story apartment building. PG&E is assisting fire investigators. The investigation is ongoing.

Firefighters will remain on scene through early Saturday morning to watch for any possible flare-ups.

Hill said the fire caused $1 million in damage to the two buildings and its contents.

Sycamore Drive between Auto Center Drive and Spanos Street will remain closed for at least the next two hours, as of 11:30 p.m. Friday.

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