A Sunday morning Salinas structure fire left 25 residents displaced and 3 people injured. Nearly 20 firefighters arrived to 13-East lake Street at 7:30 a.m., to find one room in the 2nd story, multiple-unit residential facility fully engulfed in flames. The building’s 1st and 2nd stories sustained major heat and smoke damage. Two residents were taken to local hospitals while one was treated on scene. Officials say working fire detectors prevented the possibility of multiple fatalities. The blaze was caused by an overloaded extension cord.
A Central Coast wastewater treatment facility has been recognized among the nation's leading green power users. For the first time, the City of Santa Cruz was named 23rd on the U.S. Environmental Protection agency's top 30 onsite list of the largest users of green energy. The facility generates over 7-million kilo-watt hours of green power a year from on-site biogas and solar energy systems. The EPA says the faciltiy's annual use of green power is equal to avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions of nearly 1,100 passenger vehicles per-year, or the emissions from the electricity use of 800-average American homes annually.
Investigations are underway after a man was found burned to death at the Pacific Grove golf course yesterday. Police and firefighters arrived around 7:20 a.m. to find a fence and a man engulfed in flames. Police say the burned body was found in a restroom on the Ocean View Boulevard side of the golf course. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. A coroner’s report is expected to be released later today. Meanwhile, Police are calling the incident suspicious.
An elderly woman was able to escape after a fire broke out at her Marina home yesterday. Fire crews arrived to the 3,000 block of Gloria Circle shortly after 12:30, to find an addition at the rear of the home engulfed in heavy fire and smoke. The fire quickly spread to the home’s attic. The woman living inside the house was alerted by a smoke detector prior to firefighters arriving. No injuries were reported, damages were estimated at $500,000. The cause is under investigation.
AN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING ACCIDENT CLOSED 1 LANE OF HIGHWAY 17 FOR CLOSE TO 2 HOURS. THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED WHEN A NORTHBOUND DRIVER FELL ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL BY SUMMIT ROAD, HIS VEHICLE STRUCK THE MEDIAN AND OVERTURNED. THE DRIVER WAS UNINJURED IN THE 5 A-M ACCIDENT, AND TRAFFIC WAS RESTORED TO NORMAL BY ABOUT 7A-M. THE C-H-P REPORTS THAT DRUGS AND ALCOHOL WERE NOT A FACTOR IN THE CRASH.
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