At approximately 2:05 PM, Humboldt Bay Fire responded to a reported structure fire in the 6200 block of Avalon Drive, Cutten with 3 engines, a squad and 2 duty officers. The first arriving engine reported a two-story residence with an attached commercial nursery with heavy fire showing from the first floor. A second alarm was requested bringing an additional truck, engine and duty officer to the scene. Fire crews entered the structure and attacked the fire. Additional arriving crews vented the roof and searched for occupants with none found as the occupants were not home at the time of the fire.
The fire quickly extended from the first to the second floor and fire crews were able to bring it under control within approximately 15 minutes. The fire was contained to the residence with no extension into the commercial nursery. Fire units remained on scene for several hours to overhaul the structure and extinguish hot spots as there was a large amount of contents inside the structure.
The cause of the fire was determined to be electrical and accidental in nature and damage was estimated to be $100,000 to the structure and contents. Two mutual aid engines provided coverage within Humboldt Bay Fire's jurisdiction during the incident.
The occupants were provided with Visa gift cards from the departments “Assistance to Victims” program allowing them to purchase immediate critical need items as the structure was not inhabitable following the fire.