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House Fire In Orinda Sunday

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Fire caused heavy damage to a home at 46 Bobolink Road in Orinda Sunday, leaving investigators to search for a cause and residents searching for a place to live.

Fire Chief Stephen Healy said firefighters arrived at the two-story single-family home just before 10 p.m. Sunday to find it heavily involved in fire with flames spreading into the adjacent vegetation. Firefighters contained the fire within 21 minutes of their arrival but not before a second alarm was called, Healy reported.

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He estimated damage to the residence at $800,000. A total of ten apparatus with 29 firefighters from MOFD and the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District responded to the scene. Firefighters remained there overnight to overhaul the fire and salvage what property they could.

No injuries were reported, either to firefighters or to residents. The Red Cross is working to find shelter for the home’s occupants, who returned home to find their residence on fire and firefighters battling the blaze, Healy said.

The fire’s point of origin could not be immediately determined, according to the chief, due to the home’s instability and “imminent danger of collapse.” Its cause remains under investigation.