Smoking materials on balcony cause Ripon apartment fire that displaced 14 people

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UPDATE: Ripon Fire Chief Tim Saul told Local Five the cause of the fire appears to be smoking materials on an outside balcony.

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A fire at the Valley Crest Apartments in Ripon Monday evening displaced a total of 14 people.

Fire officials say eight different units in the building were effected by the fire, and that one person was treated on-scene by EMS.

Heavy flames and smoke, as well as flames shooting through the roof of the building were reported as fire fighters arrived on the scene.

14 different fire departments were called to the scene, and they were able to knock down the flames without any challenges.

Ripon Fire Chief Tim Saul said that the fire does not appear to be suspicious in nature.

The State Fire Marshall is currently investigating the blaze.

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