WALNUT CREEK -- A dog and cat were rescued when a two-alarm fire broke out in a unit at Walnut Creek condominium complex Thursday afternoon, firefighters said.
Fire investigators are still trying to piece together why the fire started around 4:57 p.m. in The Keys, a 21-acre, five-story complex on North Civic Drive near Parkside Drive, said Contra Costa Fire District spokesman Kent Kirby. But they said the results could've been disastrous were it not for a swift bit of work by firefighters.
"They had the blaze out in seven minutes," Kirby said. "When you look around and see how this place is laid out, that's an impressive job."
Firefighters negotiated stairways near a parking garage and a bridge that connects the buildings and had to extend their water hoses through a maze of buildings.
A man living in the residence escaped unhurt with his dog but was unable to reach his cat before having to flee the building, a neighbor said.
The sliding door exploded inward, and he had to get out of there and he was sure his cat "was stuck," Kimberlee Pirie said. "But the firemen got up there and were able to get it. He was very relieved about that."
Pirie said her own cat was stranded in her home when fire crews evacuated her and other residents. Those evacuated had to wait more than two hours to return to their homes as fire crews and building maintenance workers made sure it was safe.
A woman was treated at the scene for
Fire investigators had no estimate on the damage, Kirby said.
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