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Resident suffers smoke inhalation in Carmichael house fire

A resident was taken to the hospital suffering from smoke inhalation in a fire that damaged the garage and an outbuilding at a Carmichael home Tuesday afternoon.

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District crews responded to the fire in the 3600 block of Marshall Avenue just after noon and reported a large column of smoke was visible. Firefighters arrived to find a garage well involved, with fire already extending into the attic, according to a fire district news release. Crews quickly placed hose lines between the areas on fire and the main living quarters.

Six fire engines, two trucks, three medical units, an air unit and two battalion chiefs worked to contain the fire. They were able to save the living quarters, although the garage, an outbuilding and a converted garage/bedroom sustained heavy damage, fire officials said.

An older woman who lived at the home was taken to a hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation.

Fire damage was estimated at $120,000. Officials said the cause of the fire has not been determined.

Although firefighters arrived on the scene less than five minutes after they were dispatched, the fire had spread from the garage to the attic by the time they got there.

Noting that fire doubles in size every minute, fire officials stressed the importance of immediately calling 911 if you see smoke.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy