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, 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.
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.
The 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.
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.
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.”
Just a coincidence?
Next seasons AGT should be interesting.