Two Rancho Cordova homes suffered major damage when fire that began in one house spread to the other Wednesday afternoon.
Crews responded about 3 p.m. to what initially was reported as a backyard fire in the 10000 block of Scotsman Way, said Capt. Michelle Eidam, spokeswoman for the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District. As firefighters were en route they could see a solid column of black smoke and they arrived to find flames coming from the front and sides of the house.
The fire spread to the house next door, and crews worked to tackle the fires at both homes as well as protect a house to the rear, on the next street, that was threatened. Although the fire spread into the backyard of the third house, Eidam said, firefighters were able to prevent any damage to the structure.
Three people complained of breathing problems and were treated by paramedics at the scene, she said. No firefighters were injured.
Two cats were reported inside the second house, and chickens and rabbits were in the backyard. Eidam said one cat was found and turned over to a neighbor. Firefighters were looking for the second cat. The backyard chicken coop suffered fire damage and chickens were running loose in the yard.
Eidam said firefighters were expected to remain at the scene for several hours.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.