Fire In Apartment Building Storage Room Might Have Been Arson

By: Ja'Mein Beale - Thu, 12 Apr 2012 10:24:49 -0800

ANTIOCH (BCN)--A fire at an apartment building in Antioch early Thursday morning  might have been an act of arson, a Contra Costa County Fire Protection  District official said.
     
The blaze was reported at 4:05 a.m. in a 700-square-foot storage  unit at one end of an apartment complex in the 2800 block of Gentrytown  Drive, Battalion Chief Clive Savacool said.
     
The fire spread into the attic of the storage room but did not  reach any of the apartments in the approximately 80-unit building, he said.
     
Firefighters put out the flames within 25 minutes, Savacool said.  Two adjacent apartments sustained smoke damage, and the two families who live  there have been temporarily relocated, he said.
     
Early reports indicated that someone threw a Molotov cocktail into  an apartment. Savacool said a suspicious individual had been going  door-to-door in the building asking for methamphetamine.
     
Witnesses later saw the man light something on fire and throw it  into the storage room, but it was not clear if it was a Molotov cocktail,  Savacool said.
     
There were no injuries to residents or the 17 firefighters who  responded.
 
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