Appeal-Democrat Archive Writing

Blaze hurts man

August 22, 2007

A Yuba City house fire sent one man to the hospital and left a family homeless Tuesday night.

The blaze broke out just after 6:30 p.m. in the home at 1908 Harbor Town Road.

The fire was knocked down within five to 10 minutes of firefighters arriving, said Pete Daley, Yuba City fire operations chief.

Gurdeep Gill, 26, who was asleep in his bedroom, suffered burns and smoke inhalation. He was taken to Rideout Memorial Hospital and later transferred to U.C. Davis Medical Center in stable condition.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but preliminary results from investigators show the fire may have started in one of the front bedrooms. From there it progressed to a short hallway and into the kitchen, Daley said.

The fire caused “significant damage” to the interior of the house with about 25 percent caused by the fire itself and 75 percent by the heat, Daley said.

The garage and the two cars inside were spared, but the cost of the damage to the house is expected to be significant, said Battalion Chief John Limas.

Red Cross and Trauma Intervention Program volunteers were at the scene providing counseling and water for Gill’s mother, Parmjit, while investigators checked the house.

Neighbors offered to take the family in for the night.