Fire: Fireworks May Have Sparked Oak Park House Blaze

5:37 PM, Jul 5, 2009   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - Investigators believe illegal fireworks may have caused a two-alarm fire that tore through the back of an Oak Park home Saturday night, a Sacramento Fire spokesman said.

Sacramento fire crews arrived to find heavy smoke and flames pouring out of the back of a home on the 3400 block of 12th Avenue around 10:18 p.m. Saturday, Sacramento Fire Capt. Jim Doucette said.

The blaze quickly went to two alarms as approximately 50 firefighters worked to keep the flames from spreading to the house next door. Crews were able to contain the blaze to the single home, which sustained extensive damage before firefighters could fully douse the flames.

Doucette said there were numerous reports of illegal fireworks being set off in the area near the home just before the fire, but it was not immediately known if they sparked the blaze.

Neighbors who were home around the time the fire started confirmed there were illegal fire works firing off in the area. Macie Hendrix said she was just glad the fire did not spread to her duplex a few doors down the street.

"Thank god it wasn't my house and it wasn't any worse than what it was," Hendrix said. "My kids and I used to shoot fireworks but we never shot ones that went up in the air or any of those illegal fireworks."

The residents were not home at the time of the fire and no one was injured. Doucette said investigators may confirm the cause of the fire as early as Monday.


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