Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District crews were kept busy Monday responding to house fires and grass fires that threatened homes.
At 2 a.m., firefighters were called to the 8000 block of Camrose Way in southern Sacramento County for a house fire that investigators determined was arson. No one was hurt, and the house sustained minimal damage, according to a fire district news release.
About two hours later, crews were called to the 7200 block of Castle Rock Way, also in south Sacramento County, where they found a vacant house well involved in fire, with flames coming through the roof. The fire had spread to a second house and was threatening a third. Firefighters worked to contain the fire in the first house while quickly extinguishing the fire in the second house and protecting the third home.
Damage to the house where the fire originated was estimated at $250,000 and damage to the second house was estimated at $35,000. The only damage to the third house was melted window frames, fire officials said. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
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About 11 a.m., crews responded after a car swerved into a ditch and knocked down a utility pole, downing power lines at Eagles Nest and Jackson roads, near Rancho Cordova. A fire started in a pole barn and spread to nearby grass. Then, about a mile away, a spark from a fuse on the damaged line started a second grass fire, officials said. The driver was not injured, and both fires were contained to less than an acre.
Just before 1 p.m., another grass fire, at Jackson and Lizwelsh roads in the Rosemont area, threatened structures. An aggressive attack held the fire to less than 3 acres, officials said. Fences and trees were damaged, but not the homes. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
District officials said Metro Fire averages 250 calls per day for medical emergencies, water rescues, floods, vehicle accidents, animal rescues, fires, and other rescues. The district responded to more than 93,000 calls in 2015.