Lincoln fire guts home, damages surrounding backyards
A three-alarm fire gutted a Lincoln home and damaged another nearby home Friday morning.
While no residents were injured, one firefighter was taken to the hospital to undergo evaluation, according to Mike Davis, division chief for the Lincoln Fire Department.
Crews were called to the structure fire in the 700 block of H Street at around 4:30 a.m. When they arrived, firefighters saw that several backyards and detached garages on an alleyway between H and I streets were burning, Davis said.
Residents on the block, which is near the Lincoln Police Department, were evacuated by the time firefighters arrived, Davis said.
The fire is believed to have originated in the detached garage of a home on H street and spread to nearby backyards, Davis said. In addition to the house that was gutted by flames, the rear of an adjacent home sustained damage.
Davis said that the flames, which grew up to 25 feet tall, also burned a tree and damaged power lines. Pacific Gas & Electric crews disconnected power from some of the homes.
Taylor Cline, 23, said her mother and brother, along with their two dogs, live in the home that was gutted from the blaze.
"She was crying hysterically saying that the house was on fire," Cline said about her mother, who called her after seeing the fire.
Cline said by the time she arrive to the home early Friday morning, the fire had spread from the backyard to the rear of her mother’s house.
Cline said a different home where she lived 10 years ago with her family had also burned down.
"That was everything we had left," she said.
Peter Valdez, 40, who lives two houses away from the home that sustained the most damage, said he awoke to the sound of the fire crackling and popping.
"I woke up and saw a glare coming in through the kitchen," Valdez said. "I just see flames out the window."
Roseville and Rocklin fire departments and CalFire firefighters aided in fighting the fire, Davis said.
The family whose home was destroyed by fire was to be assisted by the American Red Cross. The remainder of the residents were allowed back into their homes, Davis said.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.