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CENTRAL FIRE DISTRICTINFORMATIONINCIDENT MEDIA RELEASEDATE OF INCIDENT: 12/10/17
DISPATCH TIME: 00:24TYPE OF INCIDENT: Structure FireLOCATION OF INCIDENT: 717 Sunset Drive, Capitola, CAOCCUPANT/OWNER OF PROPERTY: UndeterminedBRIEF SCENARIO OF INCIDENT: In the early morning hours on this date, SCR911 received a report of flames and smoke seen in the area of this address. The reporting party was unsure where the fire was coming from because there are several structures on this property. Firefighters arrived on scene and initially attacked the fire from a neighboring property on Riverview Drive. The fire was in an accessory dwelling unit located on Sunset Drive but, the fire was threatening that neighboring property. A second engine company staged on Sunset Drive and made an interior attack on the fire. Fire was confined to the house of origin and the spread of fire to the adjacent property was prevented. Fire damage was sustained to a bedroom, hallway and attic space. There was heat and smoke damage throughout the remainder of the home. The home is now uninhabitable and secured. A shared electric and gas service was secured during firefighting operations making the main house uninhabitable as well. There was no fire damage to the main house.Unfortunately, the remains of an adult male was found during firefighting operations. His body was turned over to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff/Coroner for autopsy and identification. During overhaul operations the body of a cat was also recovered.INJURIES: N/AFATALITIES: One unidentified male and one cat.TOTAL TIME TO CONTAIN: 30 minutesTOTAL TIME TO CONTROL: 1 hourNUMBER OF CENTRAL UNITS AND PERSONNEL: Engines – 3, Chief Officer – 1, Firefighters – 10, Rescue Vehicle – 1, Fire Investigator – 1.AUTOMATIC AID/MUTUAL AID USED: Aptos La Selva FPD – 1 Engine, Santa Cruz Fire Department – 1 Truck and 1 Fire Investigator, AMR – 1 Field Supervisor, Capitola PD – 3 Officers.INVESTIGATION STATUS: There were electrical power fluctuations reported in the neighborhood prior to the fire. The cause has not yet been determined and remains under investigation.PREPARED BY: Mike DeMars – Public Information Officer