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Two-alarm fire damages Carmichael townhouse

Firefighters called a second alarm after arriving to find flames coming from the attic of a townhouse on Olivebranch Lane in Carmichael.
Firefighters called a second alarm after arriving to find flames coming from the attic of a townhouse on Olivebranch Lane in Carmichael. Photo courtesy Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District

A Carmichael townhouse sustained an estimated $150,000 in damage from a two-alarm fire Tuesday afternoon.

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District crews were dispatched shortly before 1 p.m. to the 3800 block of Olivebranch Lane, near Manzanita Avenue and Fair Oaks Boulevard, where smoke was reported coming from an attic. Crews arrived to find heavy fire coming from a townhouse and began an aggressive attack to contain the fire to the attic while protecting the adjoining unit, according to a Fire District news release.

With afternoon temperatures topping 100 degrees and the attic well involved, firefighters were prepared for a rapidly spreading fire, officials said. A second alarm was quickly called, bringing the total number of firefighters at the scene to nearly 50.

Crews were able to contain the fire to the attic of the townhouse, protecting the majority of the living quarters from damage, and prevent fire from spreading to the adjacent townhouse.

The cause of the fire has not been determined, but officials said fire investigators have not ruled out the heating and air conditioning system as a possibility.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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