Drug paraphernalia, cigarettes, heater, other items eyed as possible causes of San Pablo fire

Five people displaced following Richmond fire

Drug paraphernalia, cigarettes, a heater and other items are being investigated as possible causes of a fire at a San Pablo residence last week, a fire official said.

The fire, reported at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 2200 block of Sutter Avenue, near 23rd Street, caused an estimated $150,000 in damages and displaced five people, according to the Contra Costa Fire Protection District. The home was a total loss, fire crews said.

San Pablo police are also helping in the investigation, as they are following up with a person of interest in connection with fire, Fire Inspector George Laing said. Still, investigators have yet to conclude that the blaze was caused by arson.

The blaze began at the exterior of the two-story residence and began seeping into the interior before fire crews knocked it down in about 20 minutes. Red Cross assisted displaced residents.

Bay City News contributed to this report