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Fire at East Bay senior housing complex prompts balcony rescue

San Francisco Chronicle logo San Francisco Chronicle 1/27/2022 By Andres Picon

Firefighters rescued an injured resident of a senior housing complex in Pleasant Hill on Thursday after a fire started in one of the second-floor units, officials said.

Crews with the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District arrived at the Hookston Senior Homes around 1:15 p.m. and found the resident on his second-floor balcony, trying to escape the flames in an adjacent unit, said Steve Hill, a Contra Costa Fire public information officer.

The resident was rescued and taken to a local hospital to be treated for minor burns and smoke inhalation, Hill said.


Video: Injured Resident Rescued From Fire at East Bay Senior Facility (CBS SF Bay Area)

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“It always gets our attention when we go to senior living facilities,” Hill said. “They come with their own unique challenges in terms of evacuations.”

All the residents appeared to be ambulatory and were able to evacuate on their own, with the exception of the one man who was injured, Hill said.

The 2-alarm blaze appears to have started in a unit that was unoccupied at the time. Officials said the cause was “electrical in nature.”

The flames were put out within about 20 minutes of firefighters’ arrival. Some units suffered water and smoke damage, Hill said.

Andy Picon is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: andy.picon@hearst.com Twitter: @andpicon

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