USA – Four-alarm grass fire destroys three homes

Four-alarm grass fire destroys three homes

12 June 2007

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By Kim Minugh – Bee Staff Writer

A massive four-alarm grass fire swept across part of south Sacramento Tuesday afternoon, destroying three homes and injuring at least one resident, the Metropolitan Fire District reported.

The fire, which broke out just before 4 p.m. in the area of south Watt Avenue and Florin Road, was declared contained at 5:15 p.m., after destroying about 25 acres, said Metro Fire Capt. Jeff Lynch, a spokesman for the district.

Two of the homes gutted in the blaze were vacant; one resident in the third dwelling managed to escape without any serious injuries, Lynch said. One man in his 60s was taken to a local hospital by his daughter and treated for smoke inhalation and heat exposure, Lynch said. His condition was not known.

About 60 firefighters fought the blaze, which Lynch said spread north and northeast rapidly because of high winds, high temperature, abundant dry brush and low humidity. The fire, however, did not jump Florin Road or Hedge Avenue.

Crews from Metro Fire fought the fire, with help from the Sacramento City and Elk Grove fire departments, Lynch said.

The area that burned was mostly grass but also contained fence posts, telephone posts and a few abandoned vehicles.

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