Tony Reed
Del Norte Triplicate

A Crescent City woman is in jail, accused of arson after an apartment fire in Crescent City late Monday night.

At about 10:27 p.m., Crescent City Fire and Rescue was dispatched to 1045 E. Condor Street, for a fire in an apartment building. Upon arrival at nearby 505 Gary Street, units reported seeing heavy smoke and flames coming from the top floor of the building and started an evacuation.

“The other three apartments were occupied at the time,” according to Crescent City Fire Chief Bill Gillespie. “Fire was pushing heavily from the second- floor window of the apartment. It was reported early that there was possibly a person still inside the apartment.”

Firefighters quickly doused the flames and examined the building for hot spots and spreading.

“No occupants were located within the apartment,” Gillespie said. “The other apartments were checked for fire spread, and it was confirmed that only the fire apartment was impacted.”

Residents of neighboring apartments watched as firefighters worked and assisting engines from Fort Dick Fire and Pelican Bay Fire arrived.

Crescent City Police Chief Ivan Minsal said officers received information a female subject was fleeing the area at the time of the fire. He said after witnesses pointed her out, officers arrested Leigha Lebrasca, 31, of Crescent City for arson.

Lebrasca was taken to Del Norte County Jail where she remains in lieu of $100,000 bail.

“The fire caused approximately $40,000 in damage to the building, but the other three adjoining apartments remained relatively unscathed with only minimal smoke odor to the interior,” Gillespie said. “Through the fast work of the volunteer firefighters, approximately $400,000 in building and contents value was saved.”

Minsal said an investigation by police, Crescent City Fire Department and CAL FIRE is continuing.

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