Vagrants may be responsible for fire at vacant Hall Street residence

Vagrants may be responsible for an early morning fire in Susanville on Monday, Feb. 12.

According to a statement from the Susanville Fire Department, unites responded to a residential structure fire at 110 1/2 Hall St. about 8:39 a.m.

Upon arrival, firefighters observed a single-story residential structure with fire and smoke showing in the front and rear attic area. Firefighters initiated an attack on the front of the structure, and as other resources arrived on the scene, they were assigned to suppression operations. The fire was quickly knocked down and extinguished.

The fire’s cause and origin were investigated following the salvage and overhaul of the damaged structure. The structure was vacant, but appeared to have recently been occupied by vagrants.

The fire originated in the wood stove and extended into the attic due to the stove pipe not being connected in the attic area.

There were no firefighter or civilian injuries. SFD was supported by CalFire, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the Susanville Police Department, Susanville Public Works, and the Lassen Municipal Utility District.