House fires in Willows, Bangor keep firefighters busy

Apr 13, 2016 10:58 AM by News Staff

Firefighters have been extra busy this week.

One woman is recovering this morning after a fire at a ranch in Butte County sent her to the hospital.

When the first firefighters arrived shortly before 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon flames were billowing out of the home located on McCanton road in Bangor.

The fire started in a cottage and quickly moved to the garage and then flames jumped into the attic of the main home.

The Bangor Cal Fire station is nearby and firefighters were able to knock the fire down quickly, sparing the large home from being destroyed.

“They were here within 5 minutes,” Battalion Chief Tony Brownell said.

The woman was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation, but received no other injuries.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

And in Willows, more than a dozen people remain homeless as authorities continue investigating a destructive arson fire.

It happened early Monday morning at the Manhattan apartment house on Shasta Street.

The fire department says two or three residents had to be treated for smoke inhalation, but otherwise no one was hurt.

Willows Fire Chief Wayne Peabody said it didn't take long for investigators to determine the fire was started intentionally.

At the point of origin of where the fire was at there was no mechanical or reason for the fire to start in that certain location and the team found evidence to prove the arson.

Authorities aren't saying if they've identified a suspect or have a motive for the fire.

Sixteen people were living in the six unit apartment building, a home more than a hundred years old.


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