250 people evacuated, 2 injured due to apartment fire

CONCORD, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a major fire ripped through an apartment building under construction in Northern California, injuring two people and forcing the evacuation of 250 people from a neighboring building.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the blaze was under control Monday but still burning five hours after it started in the empty building in Concord, 30 miles (48 kilometers) east of San Francisco.

Concord Fire Marshal Robert Marshall says the building is considered a total loss and that the damage is estimated at $55 million.

He says an adjacent apartment building was evacuated due to heavy smoke and that two people were treated for smoke inhalation and taken to the hospital.


Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com