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Fireworks in south Sacramento set trees, structures ablaze

Geneva Agnos holds the remains of a garbage can at her in-laws’ south Sacramento home that melted after fireworks lit trees at the home on Friday night.
Geneva Agnos holds the remains of a garbage can at her in-laws’ south Sacramento home that melted after fireworks lit trees at the home on Friday night. jkuang@sacbee.com

A fire sparked by fireworks damaged trees and property at two homes Friday night in south Sacramento, the Sacramento Fire Department said Saturday.

The fireworks set trees ablaze in front of a house on Simcoe Court, fire spokesman Roberto Padilla said.

The fire spread, damaging a fence between that house and one behind it on Ething Court. A shed at the Ething Court home also was damaged, said Yen Ly, who lives there.

Ly said she was home with her husband and two children when the fire started. The family fled after they were alerted by neighbors, she said.

More than 30 firefighters were at the scene. No injuries were reported, Padilla said.

The home on Simcoe also received damage to the garage roof, and several items, including large plastic garbage cans, were damaged or destroyed.

Geneva Agnos, the daughter-in-law of a couple who lives in the house, said the fireworks flew from roughly a block away and landed in a tree in front of the home around 9:30 p.m.

Agnos said her in-laws were “shaken up” by the incident and feared they would lose their home, where they’d lived for over 30 years.

“Everything just lit up like a torch,” Agnos said.

Agnos believes the fireworks were illegal. She said police are investigating the incident.

“We were all young and dumb at one point, but when we’re in a drought, you’ve got to take a little more precaution,” she said of fireworks use.

Jennifer Crane: 916-321-1161, @Jenn_Crane

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