One Found Dead After Arcata Apartment Fire

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One person was found dead after in an apartment fire that broke out in Arcata before dawn this morning, according to Police Chief Brian Ahearn.

“Arcata Fire located one body inside of a ground floor unit," Ahearn said. "The person was deceased.”

The cause of the fire, which broke out just before 5:30 a.m. in a building in the 100 block of Samoa Boulevard near Crescent Way, remains under investigation. According to scanner traffic, one person was taken by ambulance to the hospital from the scene.

According to the incident commander speaking over the scanner about 6:10 a.m., two apartment units were badly damaged and there was slight damage to the third.

“Be advised we have had one person jump from the second floor,” the dispatcher relayed to firefighters about 5:33 a.m.

“Heavy fire showing through the roof,” a firefighter said over the scanner a minute later.

In addition to the structure fire Ahearn said that a vehicle next to the building caught fire, too. Ahearn says agencies will issue a press release later today with additional information.

"It is very early in the investigation," he said.

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