ANTIOCH -- Firefighters quickly knocked down a two-alarm blaze Monday afternoon at a multi-unit residential building in the 500 block of West 18th Street.
No one was injured in the fire, which heavily damaged the building. Firefighters had to cut through the building's exterior to ventilate the blaze.
The fire was reported about 4:24 p.m. and went to two alarms about 10 minutes later. Firefighters from East Contra Costa Fire attacked the blaze from 18th and 19th streets.
The fire was extinguished shortly after 5 p.m., according to a Contra Costa Fire dispatcher.
Several people were displaced by the fire; the Red Cross was brought in to help find temporary housing.
One resident of the building, who asked not to be identified, said some of the residents were sleeping inside at the time because they work nights.
The witness said she escaped the fire with her 3-month-old baby after neighbors alerted her to the blaze.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Staff writer Daniel M. Jimenez contributed to this report.