Five people were displaced after a fire broke out on the exterior of a two-story residential building in Richmond Tuesday afternoon, fire officials said.
A neighbor alerted the Richmond Standard to the blaze, which was reported at 2:32 p.m. in the 2200 block of Sutter Avenue, near 23rd Street.
Heavy fire on one exterior side of the building was seeping into the structure, and although four of the residents were inside the building at the time, no one was injured, said Robert Marshall, spokesman for the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. Red Cross is now assisting the displaced residents.
Fire crews had the blaze under control by 3:11 p.m. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Marshall said, and damage estimates were not immediately available.