Sacramento fire crews respond to multiple blazes

Published: Tuesday, Jun. 19, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 4B

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District firefighters were kept busy Sunday – a day when the mercury hit 100 degrees.

At 10:24 a.m. crews responded to the 8200 block of White Sands Way to find heavy fire and smoke coming from the garage of a home. Inside, two vintage automobiles burned.

Crews limited the fire's spread into the home. Firefighters located the resident, who suffered minor burns and respiratory problems.

Two firefighters were transported to the hospital with heat-related illnesses. Damage to the home was estimated at $60,000. The cause of the fire was suspected to have been a mechanical problem with the old vehicles, according to a press release.

About 5 p.m., at the hottest part of the day, firefighters responded to a house fire in the 2000 block of E Street in Rio Linda. Flames were visible as firefighters arrived.

Crews attacked the fire, including a rear bedroom that was engulfed in flames, fire extending into the attic.

The fire, determined to have been caused by an unattended candle, was controlled in 30 minutes. There were no injuries.

In Rancho Cordova, about 5:30 p.m., crews responded to the 2800 block of Norcade Circle, where they observed a fire at a vacant four-plex that spread to adjacent apartments. No occupants were found, and the fire was controlled in 45 minutes.

A firefighter was transported to the hospital with a minor head injury. The cause of the fire is under investigation; however, fire officials believe it was caused by a person.

On Monday, among the calls to local firefighters was a grass fire south of Sacramento International Airport that a Sacramento Fire Department strike team attacked about 3 p.m.

Working against winds, firefighters contained the damage to 25 acres near the intersection of Power Line and Del Paso roads, according to a department spokesperson. The fire of unknown cause did not threaten buildings or people.

In Wilton, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Wilton Fire Department and Metro Fire crews extinguished a 43.6-acre fire that burned eucalyptus trees, shrubs and grasses. The fire destroyed a barn, according to a Cal Fire spokeswoman.

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