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Firefighters evacuate elderly woman, dog from Santa Rosa apartment fire


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Firefighters helped evacuate an elderly woman and her dog Saturday morning from a Santa Rosa apartment later condemned due to a kitchen fire, authorities said.

The Santa Rosa Fire Department responded about 4 a.m. to a water flow alarm at the 14-story senior apartment building Bethlehem Tower, at 801 Tupper St., Division Chief Anthony Westergaard said in a news release.

Firefighters ascended a few flights and spotted water spilling out of a unit. The apartment’s sprinkler system was triggered and extinguished a small fire above the unit’s stove.

Crews found an elderly woman lying inside on the living room floor, Westergaard said.

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It was not indicated whether the woman was conscious.

Firefighters moved her to the first-floor lobby and she was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Firefighters also spotted and carried a small dog out of the apartment.

The woman’s apartment was later deemed uninhabitable due to fire and water damage. Firefighters also removed water from seven other units.

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You can reach Staff Writer Madison Smalstig at On Twitter @madi.smals.

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