Thursday, April 17, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Fire investigators: Maintenance work sparked apartment blaze

By
From page A1 | February 13, 2013 | Leave Comment

Smoke billows from the roof of the University Court Apartments, 515 Sycamore Lane, on Monday afternoon as Davis firefighters respond to the third-alarm fire that displaced as many as 20 people. Davis Fire Department/Courtesy photo

Maintenance workers soldering a bathroom pipe accidentally started Monday’s third-alarm fire that damaged nine apartments and displaced more than a dozen residents, many of them UC Davis students preparing for midterm exams, Davis Fire Department officials said.

Division Chief Paul Swanson said the fire began in the wall of a vacant first-floor unit at the University Court Apartments — where the workers had been replacing a leaky pipe — and traveled upward in V-shaped pattern of flames, damaging eight other apartments in the process.

“It just went up the pipe to the second floor and entered through the vacant spaces” in the wall, he said.

Six of the apartments sustained “significant” damage in the 1:30 p.m. blaze, while three others were limited to sheetrock and water damage, Swanson said. Total losses to the complex were estimated at $500,000.

A manager at the apartment complex at 515 Sycamore Lane declined to comment about the incident Tuesday, but confirmed that the American Red Cross was assisting residents who had been displaced from the one- and two-bedroom apartments.

They included a woman who had to be rescued from her third-floor apartment after she was trapped by heavy smoke inside the unit.

Acting fire Capt. Luis Parrilla said he was pulling a hose toward the burning building when he heard the woman yelling for help from her bedroom window. He climbed up to her apartment, and, when she didn’t answer the front door, forced his way inside.

“Tons of smoke started coming out of the apartment,” said Parrilla, who recalled finding a layer of smoke that shrouded the top half of the living area. He found the woman in her bedroom and escorted her outside, where she and a second woman from another apartment were treated for smoke inhalation.

“She did the right thing by going to the window, which was perfect,” Parrilla said.

The fire reached third-alarm status due to the number of personnel and amount of equipment required to fight the blaze, bringing in assistance from the UC Davis, Woodland, Dixon and West Sacramento fire departments who either responded to the fire scene or provided station coverage elsewhere in the city.

At one point, there were as many as 35 firefighters on scene, which was not fully cleared until about 6 p.m. Monday.

Melissa Marzan, a UCD sophomore whose apartment isn’t far from the damaged units, said she knew something was wrong when she arrived home shortly after 2 p.m. and encountered several fire engines with flashing lights.

“I was worried, because I had a midterm and my stuff was still inside,” said Marzan, 19. “I ended up just grabbing my laptop and study notes, and waited it out until I could go back.”

When she returned, she saw several residents of the damaged apartments packing up their cars.

Jordan Scott, communications director for the Red Cross’ Capital Region chapter, said the organization provided housing assistance for 13 displaced residents, who were put up in local hotels for several days until they could make other arrangements. Some of them also had food and clothing needs, Scott said.

— Reach Lauren Keene at lkeene@davisenterprise.net or 530-747-8048. Follow her on Twitter at @laurenkeene

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Davis Enterprise does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

News

Jury deliberates murder, elder-abuse charges

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1

 
Davis wins USA Today Best Cycling Town honor

By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1

 
Benefit set to help local bike legend

By Adrian Glass-Moore | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
State’s health care sign-ups beat projections

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2, 1 Comment

For the record

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

 
California residents divided on drought solution

By San Francisco Chronicle | From Page: A2

 
For the record

By Dave Ryan | From Page: A2

Three killed in attack on Ukrainian base

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

 
Downtown post office set to reopen

By Thomas Oide | From Page: B3

Run or walk to prevent child abuse in Yolo County

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

 
Nominations sought for charity paint giveaway

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3

 
Scholar will discuss human trafficking in Friday talk

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Per Capita Davis: Now, for some good news

By John Mott-Smith | From Page: A4

 
Birch Lane hosts 50th anniversary party

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Hannah Stein reads poetry at gallery

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Davis Food Co-op to offer free bags on Earth Day

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Get in the picture with school board candidate

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
KDVS hosts on-air fundraiser April 21-27

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Tickets on sale for Pence Garden Tour

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Fundraiser planned for Allen’s campaign

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

Food Co-op board plans open house

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Davis Downtown hosts candidate forum

By Dave Ryan | From Page: A4

Learn more about Google Glass at talk

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Barbecue celebrates winter shelter program

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

Sign of things to come

By Fred Gladdis | From Page: A8

 
Davis Soroptimists celebrate 60 years

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

.

Forum

Fancy meeting you here …

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B5

 
Public Health Heroes honored

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

Tom Meyer cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

 
Don’t miss a Trokanski dance

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

Frank Bruni: The oldest hatred, forever young

By New York Times News Service | From Page: A6, 3 Comments

 
Expert: Free parking is a myth

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

Have they really learned?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

 
A great community effort

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6, 2 Comments

.

Sports

River Cats’ streak reaches six wins

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

 
Landry evolves into UCD women’s lacrosse leader

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Huge inning propels Pleasant Grove past DHS

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

 
Giants edge Dodgers

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Foster steps down as Lady Blue Devil basketball coach

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Youth roundup: Martinez, Chan come up big at gymnastics regional

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Kings drop season finale to Suns

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Angels get past A’s in extras

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8 | Gallery

.

Features

.

Arts

Wineaux: Good deals off the beaten path

By Susan Leonardi | From Page: A7

 
Rockabilly phenom to play at The Palms

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

HellaCappella showcases a cappella singing

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

 
‘One’ singular sensation to open at DMTC

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

25th annual state clay competition exhibit at The Artery

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

 
.

Business

.

Obituaries

Tapan Munroe

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Comics: Thursday, April 17, 2014

By Creator | From Page: B6