ROSEVILLE, CA - The 4th of July turned out to be a very busy night for Roseville firefighters. Illegal fireworks had them racing to a number of grass fires, but it was legal fireworks that might be to blame for a house fire on McCloud Way that broke out about 10:30 pm.
That was about an hour after the homeowner and his family had celebrated the holiday with fireworks.
"He had taken the time to do the discarding of his fireworks properly," said Roseville Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Carman, "he had a bucket full of water so we still haven't made that final link to say the fireworks caused the fire, but spent fireworks were found near the origin of the fire."
The homeowner had taken the bucket into the garage and that's where the fire started.
"It did a lot of damage," said Carman, "it traveled up the walls of the house and inside the living quarters on both floors. I would say for the most part the entire house is lost."
Also lost in the blaze were the family's three cars, but all family members made it out safely.
12-year-old neighbor Dylan Pallotti had gone to bed, but was roused by the sound of sirens and fire engines.
"I saw the flames in the garage," Dylan said, "all over the cars and on top of the house."
Neighbor Mike Kline was drawn to the scene as well.
"I didn't realize a house like this could burn the way it did. We were really terrified that someone was hurt or trapped in the house and we were glad to hear there wasn't anybody in the house."
The investigation into the cause of the fire is continuing.
By Jonathan Mumm firstname.lastname@example.org