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Downed power lines added to hazards in fighting Arden-Arcade garage fire

A detached garage destroyed in a late afternoon fire in the Arden-Arcade area, but firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading to the house.

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District crews responded just before 5 p.m. to the 2900 block of Glacier Street, off Marconi Avenue and east of the Capital City Freeway.

They found a detached garage well-involved with fire and arcing power lines on the ground, according to a Fire District news release. Fire officials said the uncontrolled electrical current in the downed power lines presented an additional danger for firefighters.

“In a situation like this, there was no question what the priority had to be … keep our firefighters away from the lines,” Battalion Chief Chris Reed said in a written statement. The goal of fire crews, he said, was to hold the fire in check and protect the residence until the power could be shut off.

The house was not damaged, and no firefighters were injured, officials said.

The cause of the fire has not been determined, but arson investigators have not ruled out the possibility that it was caused by a homeless person.

Fire officials say residents who see a downed power line should assume that it is energized and should immediately call 911. People are advised to stay a safe distance away from downed lines and not to touch anything or anyone in contact with the lines.

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