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    Sacramento Fire Department officials inspect a downtown Victorian home damaged Friday morning in a three-alarm fire. The Red Cross sent volunteers to assist residents of two Victorians that burned. No one was injured in the blaze.

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    Margaret Ihnat, 98, left, with granddaughter Penny Nichols, had lived more than 50 years in an apartment at one of the homes that burned, family members said.

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    Wrapped in a blanket, Mary Ann Ford, left, along with her 98-year-old mother, Margaret Ihnat, center, are assisted by the Red Cross after tenants were displaced when their Mansion Flats apartment building caught fire early Friday, April 25, 2014.

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    The Victorian home that was on fire.

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    Firefighters clean up the fire.

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    Firefighters respond to three-alarm house fire in downtown Sacramento.

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    Smoke from an apartment fire on F Street.

Firefighters battle three-alarm house fire in downtown Sacramento

Published: Friday, Apr. 25, 2014 - 7:16 am
Last Modified: Friday, Apr. 25, 2014 - 9:54 pm

A three-alarm fire badly charred two Victorian homes Friday morning in downtown Sacramento, displacing at least a dozen residents.

The fire, near 13th and F streets, was reported just after 6:30 a.m., officials said. About 100 firefighters from multiple agencies, including the Sacramento and West Sacramento fire departments and the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, were on scene.

“The fire started between the two buildings, quickly moved up the walls and into the attic,” said Jonathan Williams, a battalion chief with the Sacramento Fire Department. “Nobody – civilians or firefighters – (was) hurt.”

Nearly four hours later, residents were huddled outside under the gentle sprinkle of rains, still reeling from shock.

“I don’t know what happened. My neighbor pounded on my door, yelling ‘You got to go,’ ” said Margaret Ihnat, 98, who has lived in the same house since 1960.

Ihnat, sheltered by a blanket, was sitting on a stretcher in the company of her two daughters.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Call The Bee’s Richard Chang at (916) 321-1018. Follow him on Twitter @RichardYChang.

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