WALNUT CREEK -- Firefighters rescued one person from an single-alarm house fire Monday afternoon.

The fire was reported shortly after 1 p.m. at a single-family house on the 1900 block of First Avenue, according to a news release from Contra Costa Fire Capt. Robert Marshall. A cell phone caller reported seeing black smoke coming from the back of the house.

By the time fire crews arrived, the fire had spread to the attic. Firefighters searching the home found an adult male unconscious on the floor of the room that was on fire.

He was brought out of the home and regained consciousness on the home's lawn, Marshall said. He was taken to a hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation and minor burns.

Firefighters cut holes in the roof to ventilate the fire and access the roof, and they had the blaze under control within about 20 minutes.

Marshall said the fire was believed to be accidental, but did not specify a cause. There was no damage estimate available immediately.

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