One resident was displaced by a fire Friday at Petaluma People’s Village, a community of 25 tiny homes for the unsheltered.
Firefighters were dispatched at 4:09 p.m. Friday to a report of a structure fire at the tiny home community located behind the Mary Isaak Center, 900 Hopper St., according to the Petaluma Fire Department.
Firefighters found smoke coming from one of the units, along with the fire bell sounding and the fire sprinkler system activated in one unit, Petaluma Fire Marshal Jessica Power said in a news release.
A smoldering fire was found inside the unit but was mostly extinguished due to the sprinkler system activation, Power said.
Firefighters extinguished the remaining fire and searched for victims.
A single resident escaped the fire in the unit without injury.
There were no injuries to firefighters.
The Petaluma Building Department and PG&E responded to evaluate the next steps for making the unit inhabitable again.
“During the planning and construction of People’s Village many important safety features, including an automatic fire sprinkler system and alarms were included,” Power said. “As intended and designed, in this incident the sprinkler system and corresponding alarm bell notified the residents and gave them time to evacuate safely, kept damage to that unit at a minimum, and prevented fire damage to other units, saving vital housing for some of those most vulnerable.”
The cause of the fire remained under investigation Monday.