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Fire officials: Cause of two-alarm North Highlands house fire was accidental

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Courtesy Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District @metrofirepio
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Fire officials say the cause of two-alarm fire that damaged two North Highlands homes and an outbuilding Tuesday has been determined to be accidental.

Investigators were not able to rule out cigarettes or a space heater as the cause, according to a statement issued Wednesday by the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District.

The fire was discovered about 1:40 p.m. by Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies on patrol who spotted smoke and went to the house in the 5800 block of Georgia Drive. Two people were inside the single-story house and were unaware that their home was on fire. Deputies helped them out of the house.

When fire crews arrived, they found the house engulfed in flames. The fire also had spread to the house next door.

Fire officials said the house where the fire started suffered significant damage, while damage to the second home was confined to the attic and roof. An outbuilding in the backyard of a residence behind the home where the fire began sustained exterior damage. Fire officials said total damage was estimated at $160,000.

Two firefighters were injured fighting the blaze. One was taken to UC Davis Medical Center for treatment of burns and the other suffered muscular injuries, fire officials said.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy