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Grass fire damages three Elk Grove homes

Published: Monday, May. 12, 2014 - 7:08 pm

The Cosumnes Fire Department reports that three houses were damaged by a grass fire late this afternoon near the Sacramento-Elk Grove border.

The fire was reported at Chesterbrook and Fieldale drives, south of the North Laguna Creek Wildlife Area.

Deputy Chief Mike McLaughlin said the fire started about 4:20 p.m. in the greenbelt area within the Sacramento city limits and wind blew it toward the rear of homes across the border in Elk Grove.

Embers ignited wood shake roofs, with one home suffering more extensive damage than the other two, he said.

“The homes were very fortunate,” McLaughlin said. “The damage was relatively minor compared to what it could have been.”

He said some of the ceiling had to be pulled out in one home, possibly displacing residents tonight, but damage to the other two homes was minor. Along with the houses, a couple of backyard sheds and a large section of wood fencing were damaged.

Crews from the Cosumnes and Sacramento fire departments and the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District contained the fire to about 2 acres. No one was injured.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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