One Person in Custody for Allegedly Starting Fire at Homeless Shelter
(by Alex Kekauoha) – A resident of a homeless shelter in Santa Rosa is in custody after they allegedly set fire to the building Monday afternoon, according to fire officials.
At 4:38 p.m., Santa Rosa fire crews responded to a report of a fire at a homeless shelter called Opportunity House located at 634 Pressley St. The home shelters seven clients, fire officials said.
Firefighters arrived within four minutes and found moderate smoke showing from several second-floor windows of the large two-story house. The blaze was burning from a second-floor bedroom and was controlled within 10 minutes, fire officials said.
Eleven occupants had self-evacuated before crews arrived, including the residents and staff members. Paramedics evaluated one of the staff members who suffered smoke inhalation, fire officials said.
The fire caused an estimated $30,000 worth of damage to the house, which is not habitable. The American Red Cross is assisting the displaced residents.
Fire officials said the blaze may have been set intentionally by a resident. Santa Rosa police took that person into custody.
The case remains under investigation by police and fire officials.