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Two houses heavily damaged in South Sacramento grass fire

A fast-moving grass fire in South Sacramento set two houses aflame and threatened several more, requiring more than 70 firefighters from four agencies to extinguish the late afternoon blaze.

Sacramento City fire spokesman Chris Harvey said the 4 p.m. fire, “driven by dry, hot conditions and high winds, raced across a field along Jacinto Avenue. Authorities said two houses in a nearby subdivision near Center Parkway suffered significant damage.

Flames poured from the roof of one house and the roof and attic of another as firefighters from Sacramento City and Metro departments, Cosumnes Fire and Wilton Fire responded to the blaze. Residents of four nearby houses were evacuated as the fire also burned back fences to the neighborhood.

Fire crews extinguished the blaze by 5:30 p.m., and evacuated residents were allowed to return.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

“We had two structures damaged, but an entire row of houses was threatened and all of those other homes were saved,” Harvey said in a video statement posted on Twitter.

- Peter Hecht