OROVILLE, Calif. - CAL FIRE and the Oroville Fire Department responded to a structure fire on Mono Ave. near Table Mountain Blvd. at 11:53 this morning.
Oroville fire tells Action News Now when CAL FIRE arrived, they saw heavy smoke coming from the bottom story.
A neighbor sent video to the station showing the smoke spewing out of the windows and the flames inside the back bedroom.
The fire was so bad that Oroville Fire Captain Rob Buckhout says the apartment is now unlivable from fire, smoke, and water damage.
“The main unit that caught on fire is completely uninhabitable,” he explained. “For the other additional units, we’re going to have to evaluate since there is probably at least smoke damage to them.”
When crews arrived, neighbors told them everyone in the unit already evacuated and were safe.
After the flames were put out, they determined that the fire started in the back bedroom.
But since there were a lot of items in the house, Oroville Fire said it made reaching the flames difficult and that it will take hours for them to unpack the unit.
It took crews about 15 minutes to put the fire out but took even longer to make sure it was extinguished just based on the sheer number of items in the house.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.