Damage estimated at $50,000 in early morning blaze

Fire caused major damage to a South Taft home early Saturday.
The fire was reported at 5:42 a.m. in the 400 block of Rose Avenue just off Wood Street.
Firefighters were told at first that a person may be inside the burning structure and another person was seen running away.

An ambulance was dispatched as a precaution.
However, firefighters searched the 1,000 square foot building after the fire was knocked down and found no victims.

It was apparently occupied, though, firefighters said.
The cause is suspicious and under investigation.
Damage is estimated at $50,000.