Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Menorah may have started two-alarm blaze

From here:

Investigators said a two-alarm fire at an Oakland apartment building may have started when a menorah was lit overnight.

Firefighters were called to the building on Juliet Street at about 3 a.m. Tuesday. They battled the fire for about 45 minutes.

The flames started on the second floor and spread to the third floor, firefighters said.
"In a few minutes, something gets burning. In a few minutes, the whole apartment is on fire," said Battilion Chief Doug Praskovich.

A man celebrating Chanukah had lit his menorah, and firefighters said somehow it started the fire.

Nobody was injured in the fire, which caused $25,000 in damage.

Although the fire started on the second floor, water and soot damaged the ground floor, as well.
Firefighters said a man who was staying on the second floor may have lit the menorah and then fallen asleep.