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Calif. firefighters rescue trespasser found in burning house

Neighbors told Hayward firefighters that the owners were out of the country


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By Harry Harris
Bay Area News Group

HAYWARD, Calif. — A suspected trespasser was injured in a deliberately set house fire Monday night in the Eden Shores area, authorities said.

The man was taken to a hospital after being rescued by firefighters. He was being treated for smoke inhalation and was reported to be in serious condition, authorities said.

The fire was reported about 9:34 p.m. Monday at a two-story home in the 2700 block of Shellgate Circle.

Firefighters were told by neighbors the residents were on a trip out of the country and that no one was supposed to be inside.

But when rescuers made a search of the home they found the man inside on the first floor and brought him outside, Fire Capt. Don Nichelson said. Firefighters had the fire under control in about 20 minutes.

Nichelson said there was significant fire damage to the first floor and smoke damage to the second floor.

It was not immediately known how long the man had been in the home.

Investigators determined that the fire was deliberately set — allegedly by the injured man, Nichelson said — but were still working to pinpoint the exact cause.

It was not immediately known if an arrest hold was placed on the man while he was being treated at the hospital.

The fire did at least $150,000 damage to the home.

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