UPDATE, 2:17 p.m.: Humboldt Bay Fire press release:

At 12:10 P.M. Humboldt Bay Fire responded with three engines, a truck, and chief officer to a reported structure fire on the 2800 Block of C Street. The first arriving engine company reported that there was moderate smoke coming from the single-story, wood- framed residential structure. An aggressive interior attack was initiated while additional units searched the structure for any victims. . The tenant had self-evacuated from the structure. There were two dogs that also escaped the fire. One person was evaluated for smoke inhalation but declined treatment.

Fire crews controlled the fire within ten minutes. The fire was confined to the kitchen area, with smoke causing damage throughout the residence. Fire crews also conducted water removal to minimize damage to the structure and its contents.

The cause of the fire appeared to be accidental. A pan of grease had been left unattended on the stovetop. Damage to the structure and contents is estimated to be approximately $50,000.

Samoa Fire Protection District, Arcata Fire Protection District, and City Ambulance of Eureka assisted at the incident as well. Humboldt Bay Fire wants to remind everyone that you should get out and stay out if you should ever experience a fire in your home.

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UPDATE, 12:38 p.m.: Humboldt Bay Fire Chief Sean Robertson tells the Outpost that the fire was apparently sparked by food on a stove. “The kitchen looks pretty bad,” Robertson said.

There were two dogs in the house. They’re fine.


A single-family home on the 2800 block of C Street has caught fire this afternoon, and firefighters from both Eureka and Arcata have been dispatched to the scene to attack it.

In addition, an ambulance has been sent to treat a person who is suffering from smoke inhalation. 

Humboldt Bay fire dispatchers were told of the fire at around 12:10 p.m. The first firefighters to arrive confirmed that there was an active fire at the home, which is just south of Henderson Street. Firefighters ordered a second alarm and requested support from Arcata Fire to respond to the incident.

C Street is closed between Henderson and Grotto.

Photos: Andrew Goff.