Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Residential Fire in Fort Bragg Leaves Home Unlivable—Likely the Result of an Electrical Issue

A Fort Bragg firefighter attacks the flames through a window [Picture by Robert Bozzoli]

This afternoon Fort Bragg Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire on the 100 block of South Harold Street. Though they quickly gained control, Fort Bragg Fire Chief Steve Orsi told us a one-bedroom home was left with major damage, and an adjacent neighbor’s wall was damaged by smoke.

Chief Orsi said his firefighters determined that the fire began in the area of the home’s breaker box suggesting the ignition source was electrical.

A Fort Bragg firefighter inspects the interior damage

Initial reports indicated a propane tank was in the burn area which led to emergency personnel recommending nearby residents to briefly evacuate.

The home was not occupied at the time except for a few pets which Chief Orsi said made it out safe.

Reflecting on the nature of the fire, Chief Orsi recommended that any electrical work on the older homes in Mendocino County be conducted by a licensed electrician.

Countless Mendocino County residents rely on the swift action of our volunteer fire departments during fires, medical emergencies, traffic accidents, and more. They do that work with minimal funding. To support the essential work of the many volunteers that work with the Fort Bragg Police Department, send a check to 141 N Main Street-Fort Bragg, Ca  95437.

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  1. This fire was totally preventable.

    I inspected the electrical panel myself several years ago and deemed it unsafe, the landlord should have replaced it.

    I was told that the landlord wasn’t interested in doing so, and now the renter is without a place to live and their possessions are gone.

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