FAIRFIELD — A four-alarm fire at an apartment complex on Grande Circle damaged five units and had fire crews at the scene through the night Saturday.
Fairfield firefighters responded to a fully involved apartment fire about 7:30 p.m. There were initial reports that residents were trapped inside, but all had evacuated by the time crews had arrived.
Residents watched as firefighters battled the blaze for more than an hour before getting it under control. The fire had spread through the attic and worked its way through the roof of the two-story structure in the southeastern corner of the complex. A blackened interior was visible through broken windows of the involved units, which were located toward the back of the apartment complex away from the main roads.
Battalion Chief John Sturdee said three apartment units were essentially a total loss and two others had sustained smoke damage. He said the damage estimate was probably around $400,000.
Firefighters did not allow residents inside the damaged units while they worked they scene into the evening, but they did try to retrieve some of the residents’ belongings, Sturdee said.
The Red Cross placed some of the residents and others stayed with family, he said.
There were about 35 Fairfield firefighters at the scene as well as units from Travis Air Force Base, Vacaville, the Suisun Fire Protection District, Dixon and Vallejo. Fire units remained at the scene all night looking for hot spots, Sturdee said.
Sturdee said no firefighters were injured but one person went to NorthBay Medical Center to be treated for smoke inhalation. Emergency responders treated and released one person at the scene.
Fairfield police officers arrived at the scene about 8:45 p.m. with sirens wailing and guns drawn. Sturdee said a resident reportedly went inside one of the units not involved in the fire to retrieve a gun. He said there was a misunderstanding that there could potentially be a hostile situation, but the resident just wanted to secure what was a lawful gun. There was no foul play.
Emergency responders had closed off East Tabor Avenue from Cormorant Drive along the side of the complex from the beginning of the incident until about 11:30 p.m.
Fire crews continued their investigation Sunday and turned over the property to the apartment’s management Sunday morning, Sturdee said.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
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This version corrects the spelling of Battalion Chief John Sturdee’s rank and includes the correct name of the Suisun Fire Protection District.