Fire officials say a fire that caused major damage to a Foothill Farms home Tuesday morning was arson.
Multiple 911 calls were received about 10 a.m. reporting a residential fire in the 6800 block of Silverthorne Circle, said Michelle Eidam, spokeswoman for the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Protection District.
No one was home at the time, but three teenage boys reportedly were seen running from the house during the early stages of the fire, Eidam said.
The fire is believed to have started in the garage of the residence, she said, and a major concern was its proximity to the house next door. Firefighters were able to prevent damage to the adjacent home.
Eidam said the house was for sale, but still occupied. The fire caused an estimated $300,000 damage, she said.
Anyone with information regarding the fire is asked to call the department’s arson tip line at (916) 859-3775. Callers can remain anonymous.
Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.