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UPDATE: Sac Metro battling morning house fire

Courtesy Metro Fire

Courtesy Metro Fire

SACRAMENTO, CA – Sacramento Metropolitan firefighters battled a fully involved home this morning just after 6 at 6843 Brookhaven Way in Citrus Heights.

According to Sac Metro, a Citrus Heights Police officer discovered a “fully engulfed structure” and quickly requested fire assistance from Sac Metro.

When fire crews arrived on scene they discovered a well-involved attic fire with significant extension into the living quarters. There were initial reports that people were trapped inside the home.

Courtesy Metro Fire

Courtesy Metro Fire

Due to the extent of the fire and large accumulation of “stuff” inside the home, crews had a difficult time searching for occupants. Crews made several passes through the home trying to locate anyone trapped inside. It was later learned that all occupants had safely escaped the building.

Four dogs were rescued from the fire and all appear to be doing well.

Courtesy Metro Fire

Courtesy Metro Fire

The fire spread to a neighbor’s home and downed some power lines. SMUD was contacted to shutdown power to the area and additional fire hoses were brought in to protect neighboring homes.

It took twenty-four firefighters to extinguish the fire, rescue the dogs, search for victims, and protect the neighbor’s house. Arson investigators at the scene discovered a Duraflame log next to the fireplace, which has not been ruled out as the cause. The investigation is ongoing.

Metro Fire wants to remind everyone that smoke alarms save lives! Almost 2/3 of home fire deaths are in homes with no working smoke alarms. Protect your family: test your smoke alarms every month, and change the batteries when you change your clocks.


Sac Metro battling morning house fire

Sacramento NewsSACRAMENTO, CA – Sacramento Metropolitan firefighters are currently battling a blaze in Citrus Heights at 6843 Brookhaven Way. Original reports had residents trapped inside, but fire crews have been unable to locate anyone inside the burning home.

6843 Brookhaven Way Google Maps

6843 Brookhaven Way
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According to KCRA3, fire crews have made multiple searches of the home in an attempt to locate any occupants that may have been trapped, but have yet to find any victims. Crews will be making a third attempt at locating any victims.

According to Sac Metro, the call came in at around 6 a.m. Tuesday by a neighbor, who said there were people trapped inside. When crews arrived they discovered the attic of the home fully involve, but have been unable to locate anybody trapped inside.

As of 7 this morning crews are continuing to battle the blaze.

Fire guts Rio Linda home

Courtesy Sac Metro

8224 Manhart Way
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RIO LINDA, CA – A late morning fire gutted a home in the 8200 block of Manhart Way in Rio Linda on Tuesday.

According to the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department the blaze was reported just after 11 a.m. Tuesday. When crews arrived to find a bedroom and attic of the residence fully involved.

The residents safely escaped the blaze, but a team was sent into the home to search for any possible victims that may have been left behind.

A total of four engines responded to the fire and crews were able to save the exterior of the home and approximately $100,000 in personal property.

Courtesy Sac Metro

Courtesy Sac Metro

Metro Fire paramedics on scene evaluated one person with a medical complaint, but he declined transport to a hospital. No firefighters were injured in the fire. The cause is undetermined, though it was found to have started in a bedroom.

According to Sac Metro, since 2008 Metro Fire has been forced to close six stations to address a significant loss of property tax revenues.

“The station closest to this home was not one of the closed stations, so the engine was available in quarters. Fire crews were able to arrive quickly and knock down the fire before more damage could occur, but unfortunately this isn’t always the case,” said Battalion Chief Maurice Johnson, “When the emergency is yours, especially with a fire like this, response time is all that really matters.”

 

Third garage fire hits Orangevale

Courtesy Sac Metro

Courtesy Sac Metro

ORANGEVALE, CA – Sacramento Metro Fire responded to a third garage fire in less than two weeks in Orangevale on Monday.

According to Sac Metro, crews responded to a report of a fire on Blythe Avenue at around 5:30 a.m. Monday.

When crews arrived they found a “well-involved” fire in the garage that quickly spread to the attic.

Twenty-two firefighters assisted in fighting the fire. There were two roofs on the home, one was a metal roof, making it difficult for fire crews to battle the blaze. However, crews were able to contain the fire to the garage and attic, with only water and smoke damage in the living area.

One of the residents said he woke up and “heard a pop.” When he looked out the window he saw the flames and immediately woke up the other occupants. Everyone was able to escape the flames and no one was injured.

UPDATE: The cause of this mornings fire has been determined to be arson.

Officials are concerned since this makes the third fire within a 2-square-mile area in Orangevale in the last two weeks. The first fire was on Bullion on November 22nd and the second on Chestnut on the 30th.

Loomis house fire claims life

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File Photo

LOOMIS, CA – A house fire on Bankhead Road has claimed the life of a father and left his son in serious condition on Sunday afternoon.

According to Cal Fire, firefighters were investigating a house fire that started in a converted garage. The fire caused a large amount of smoke damage and very little fire damage.

Cal Fire Battalion Chief Jim Mathias said the pair were dragged out of the house in critical condition and rushed to a local hospital where 63-year-old Tom Jorgensen later died and his adult son is listed in serious condition.

Both men were found unconscious in the home. Jorgensen was located in a front bedroom and his son was found near the front door.

Jorgensen was a Vietnam War veteran who had lost a leg and was confined to a wheel.

Arson investigators were called out, but currently the fire is not considered suspicious.

Rocklin fire destroys house

Police-lightsROCKLIN, Calif. – A Rocklin home burst into flames late Wednesday night after neighbors heard a loud explosion.

According to the Rocklin Fire Department there was a 20-year-old occupant inside the two-story home at the time of the fire and was able to evacuate the building suffering only minor injuries.

Neighbors claimed they heard an explosion just prior to the home catching fire.

Nineteen firefighters were on scene to help extinguish the flames, with the house suffering major damage to at least 80 percent of the home.

Rocklin Fire was called back out to the scene early this morning after receiving reports of smoke emanating from the home.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

 

3 house fires over Memorial Day weekend prompts warning

sac-metro-fireThe Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department is warning residents to be vigil this fire season after responding to two separate structure fires within 30 minutes of each other on Sunday morning and another fire on Monday.

Firefighters were greeted with two early morning fires on Sunday. The first call came in just before 4 a.m. with a garage fire in the 6600 block of Rinconada Drive in Citrus Heights. A smoke alarm in the residence is credited for alerting the occupants of the fire, potentially saving their lives.

The second fire occurred just after 4 a.m., but with deadlier consequences. Firefighters responded to the 10500 block of Georgetown Drive in Rancho Cordova. Upon arriving witnesses told firefighters that there was a person trapped in the house.  Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire and discovered 78-year-old Leeon Johnson and his wife, 75-year-old Vera, both dead along with four dogs, three cats and 10 birds. 22 exotic birds survived. Investigators later found dead batteries in the smoke detectors installed in the home.

These three fires have added to the upward trend of structure fires for 2013. According the Metro Fire this is approximately a 14 percent increase from 2012. In the last two months alone, Metro Fire has responded to 60 plus working fires with some of them having tragic results as in Sunday’s house fire.

Metro Fire reminds people of things you can do to reduce the risk to you and your property.

Help reduce the risk of fire:                                                                   

- Never leave food cooking on the stove unattended.
- Always use a licensed electrician to perform electrical work to ensure proper installation and service.
- Always properly dispose of smoking materials.

Help reduce the risk of injury:

- Make sure your home has properly installed and working smoke alarms.
- Plan and practice a fire escape plan.
- In case of a fire, GET OUT and STAY OUT.

These are just a few tips to keep you and your family safe.  For additional safety tips, check out http://www.metrofire.ca.gov and sign up for their E-newsletter.

 

Fire explosion critically injures 2 in Sacramento home

Sacramento newsKCRA is reporting that early Wednesday morning at around 4:30, a home in south Sacramento caught fire resulting in an explosion and critically injuring two people.

According to the Sacramento Fired Department, the walls of the home were bowing out several feet after the explosion, with flames shooting up to 40 feet.

It was later learned that two people were brought to the UC Davis Medical Center, where they are currently listed in critical condition. Firefighters did not locate any other victims at the scene.

The cause of the early morning fire on Herbosa Vista Court is still being investigated. However, as crews were mopping up the scene they came across marijuana plants and growing materials, typical of what you would find in a marijuana growing operation. There were a number of fully grown plants in the backyard.

KCRA spoke to neighbors who said they have seen suspicious activity, with people coming and going and generators running at all hours of the day.

Sharon Osbourne catches house on fire

thetalk_gettickets_marquee_revSharon Osbourne told her television audience on The Talk today that she almost burned down her house when she fell asleep leaving a candle burning.

At approximately 5 a.m. Sharon woke up to a noise, thinking the house keepers were in the house. As she started to smell something funny, she went to investigate and discovered a candle she had lit the night before had shattered, spreading oil and wax, which caught fire.

Husband and rocker Ozzy, who had surgery on his hand yesterday tried putting the flames out and suffered some minor burns, mainly singeing facial hair and his long locks of hair.

According to Sharon a bunch of good looking firemen from the Beverly Hills Fire Department responded to the blaze, and then proceeded to lecture her on candle safety.

“Please please check your candles before you go to bed,” Osbourne pleaded, “It can happen to you.”

Turns out the offending candle was a gift from America’s Got Talent’s new judge Howard Stern.

Just a coincidence?

Next seasons AGT should be interesting.

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