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Concord Fire Caused by Illegal Power Supply?

ConFire investigates blaze; one resident of St. Francis Drive house is evaluated for smoke inhalation.

A one-alarm fire at a house in Concord early Friday morning was apparently caused by someone trying to illegally supply power to the home, a Contra Costa County fire inspector said.

The blaze was reported at 5:18 a.m. at a home in the 1100 block of St. Francis Drive.

Firefighters responded and found smoke coming from the second
story of the home. They extinguished the fire by 5:45 a.m., Fire Inspector
George Laing said.

A resident of the home was evaluated for smoke inhalation, Laing
said.

Laing said the cause of the blaze appears to be failure of an
illegal power bypass and possible power theft.

A man living at the home was detained for questioning by Concord
police, Laing said.

Concord police, Contra Costa County fire inspectors and PG&E crews
were investigating the fire Friday morning.

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