Rio Linda grass fire briefly threatens houses, damages cars and outbuildings

A grass fire in Rio Linda threatened multiple houses around 18th Street and I Street, but was contained by the Sacramento Fire Department and Sacramento Metro Fire Department.

The fire spread five to six acres and damaged 10 cars and five outbuildings, said Sacramento Metro Fire Department Capt. Michelle Eidam. It was first called in at 6:58 p.m. and controlled by 7:42 p.m..

Teams of firefighters stood outside the three houses closest to the fire. When the flames got too close, they would push back to keep the houses from being burned.

In all, seven fire engines and a helicopter worked to extinguish the fire. Tenants were not required to evacuate their homes, though many chose to do so.

One firefighter suffered a muscular injury in the process and was evacuated to Kaiser Permenante Sacramento Medical Center.

Firefighters remained at the scene Saturday night putting out small flames and clearing debris. The cause was undetermined as of Saturday night, though the Sacramento Metro Fire Department said there were reports of illegal fireworks in the area before the fire started.