CONTRA COSTA COUNTY -- A small fire that was not reported to the fire department smoldered for about 20 hours before spreading to the attic of a single-story home Monday night in the unincorporated community of Bayview, officials said.

The blaze was reported at 10:23 p.m. Monday in the 2300 block of Highlands Drive, according to Contra Costa Fire Battalion Chief Lon Goetsch. Firefighters did not see fire or smoke coming from the home, but the people inside the home said they had smelled smoke and evacuated the house.

After searching the home, firefighters found the fire in the attic above the kitchen. Cellulose insulation in the home meant that firefighters had to do extensive overhaul to ensure that the fire was fully extinguished.

No one was hurt. Damage and property loss totaled about $10,000, Goetsch said, and the Red Cross helped one person find temporary housing.

All fires should be reported to the fire department, Goetsch said, and homes should have at least two properly maintained smoke detectors.

Contact Daniel M. Jimenez at djimenez@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/DMJreports.



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