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Kitchen, grass fires keep firefighters busy on hot day

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District crews battled fires indoors and outdoors Monday, as the region experienced the first day of triple-digit temperatures this year.

Crews responded about 11:30 a.m. to a single-story apartment complex at 7526 Sunrise Blvd. in Citrus Heights to find smoke coming from one unit. The resident said she had seen smoke coming from the dishwasher and left to seek assistance from the maintenance staff. By the time she returned, the kitchen was engulfed in flames.

Separately, a grass fire broke out about 2 p.m. at Jackson Road and Sunrise Boulevard in the Rancho Cordova area, and several callers alerted firefighters. The Metro Fire District’s helicopter, a bulldozer, five engines and four water tenders responded and quickly created a line around the fire to halt further spread, fire officials said. The fire was reported as contained in less than 20 minutes, with 3 acres burned.

No structures were threatened.

In the Citrus Heights apartment blaze, firefighters were able to contain the fire to the kitchen, saving the woman’s apartment and the other seven units in the building, according to a fire district news release. Damage was estimated at $25,000. The two adults who lived in the unit were displaced by the fire.

Fire officials advise calling 911 immediately upon noticing smoke in a residence.

Fire officials said no injuries occurred in either fire.

They stressed that vegetation is extremely dry and urged residents to take precautions against fire, such as using outdoor power equipment in the early morning hours, when it is cooler, and making sure cigarettes area disposed of properly.