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Condominium fire caused by dry Christmas tree damages four units, officials say

See the scene of the south Sacramento apartment fire on 66th Ave.

Metro Fire responded to an apartment fire on 66th Avenue in south Sacramento on Jan. 16, 2019.
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Metro Fire responded to an apartment fire on 66th Avenue in south Sacramento on Jan. 16, 2019.

Four south Sacramento condominiums were damaged in a fire Wednesday afternoon caused by a dry Christmas tree, according to Sacramento Metro Fire.

The fire in Parkway Estates started sometime before 1:55 p.m., when fire units were dispatched. Crews knock down the fire by 2:10 p.m.

A Christmas tree with its lights still on that had not been watered since before Christmas caused the fire, according to the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District.

Metro Fire said that even if a Christmas tree has been continuously watered, it is still too dry, and recommended that anyone with a tree in their home remove it as soon as possible.

The condos are in the Tanglewood Condos complex on 66th Avenue, near Stockton Boulevard. According to Metro Fire spokesman Capt. Chris Vestal, one of the units has “extensive damage” from the blaze.

The other has about 50 percent fire damage and some smoke damage. Both units also sustained water damage, Vestal said.

It’s unknown how many people will be displaced as a result of the fire. Vestal said the apartments below the fire-damaged units will also be vacated temporarily due to water and smoke damage.

Vestal said that as of 2:45 p.m., fire crews remained on scene for cleanup.

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