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Half-Naked Sooty Woman Detained at Suspicious Live Oak House Fire

A house that stood at 60 Geoffrey Dr. in Live Oak was burned to the ground on Sunday.

A two-alarm fire decimated a home in Live Oak Sunday night despite the best efforts of crews from Central Fire, Santa Cruz Fire Department, Scotts Valley Fire Department and Aptos-La Selva Fire Protection District.

At 9:55 p.m., neighbors called to report the home at 60 Geoffrey Dr. fully involved in flames. 

Shortly after arriving on scene, firefighters spotted a half-naked woman covered in soot standing on the deck of the burning house. 

"She appeared to be disoriented to her surroundings and was removed from the area by Sheriff’s deputies," Central Fire Spokesman Mike DeMars said. 

The woman, 20, wasn't injured, but she was taken to Dominican Hospital because she was believed to be a possible danger to herself, Sheriff's Sgt. Pat Dimick said. According to DeMars, she is not a resident of the house and is unknown to the homeowners.

After attacking the house from both the front and the rear, "it was determined that the interior of the home was completely involved in fire and unsafe for firefighters," DeMars said.

Crews were then forced to protect neighboring homes rather than saving the burning building. The blazing house is being considered a total loss, but the damage was contained, and the neighbors suffered just cracked windows from radiant heat. 

No one was injured in the fire, but the incident is considered suspicious and remains under investigation. 

Bay City News Contributed to this report. 

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