HERCULES -- A firefighter was injured and a resident needed to find new housing after a two-story home burned early Saturday morning, authorities said.

The one-alarm fire in the 100 block of Zircon Court started at 12:13 a.m., Battalion Chief Lon Goetsch of the Contra Costa Fire Protection District said. Heavy smoke and flames were coming out of the back of the house when firefighters arrived, but Goetsch said the home's only occupant already was outside.

A firefighter suffered a fall while fighting the fire but was treated at the scene and did not need hospital care, Goetsch said.

No estimated monetary damage to the home was given, but a second-floor bedroom and hallway were damaged by the flames, and the entire house was marked by smoke damage, Goetsch said. The resident received housing assistance by the American Red Cross.

Eighteen firefighters were needed to extinguish the blaze.

Contact Rick Hurd at 925-945-4789 and follow him at Twitter.com/3rdERH.



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