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Woman, Grandson Saved From Burning Santa Rosa Home By Neighbor’s Friend

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SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) — A woman and her grandson were led out of their burning home early Wednesday morning by a man who was visiting a neighbor, a Santa Rosa fire battalion chief said.

Linda Martin, 58, and her 12-year-old grandson were sleeping in their home in the 4400 block of Price Avenue in unincorporated Sonoma County near Roseland when the fire broke out around 1:30 a.m., Battalion Chief Mark Basque said.

Dave Rollins, who was visiting another home on the same property, entered the burning residence and led Martin and her grandson outside before firefighters arrived, Basque said.

Firefighters responded and found a large fire burning on the home’s exterior and in the attic, Basque said.

The blaze was contained in about 40 minutes, Basque said. There were no fire hydrants nearby, and two water tenders were used to extinguish the flames.

Damage to the single-family home and its contents was estimated at $150,000, Basque said.

The fire appeared to have started on or near an exterior deck in the area of a hot tub, Basque said. The cause remained under investigation but the blaze appears to have been accidental.

Firefighters were at the scene until 5 a.m.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

 

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