RICHMOND -- A Saturday night fire at a city apartment complex left the four-plex uninhabitable and remained under investigation on Sunday, fire officials said.

Smoke and heat from the blaze which broke out at 16 16th Street forced a handful of residents to jump out a second-story window, said Richmond Fire Department public information officer Rico Rincon.

No one was injured.

Firefighters were dispatched at 6:47 p.m. to the two-story apartment complex after several neighbors in the area dialed 911 after seeing smoke coming from an apartment there, Rincon said.

Rincon said that before fire crews arrived, a handful of residents were forced to jump out a window on the second floor.

"As they went to leave their front doors there was too much smoke and heat covering the stairwell, so four or five residents had to jump out the window," Rincon said.

Fire crews arrived shortly after and had the one-alarm fire under control by 7 p.m.

A preliminary investigation revealed the fire started in a one-room in-law unit at the fourplex.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation on Sunday evening but Rincon said it appeared to be suspicious in nature.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call 510-620-6989.

Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.



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