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Fire Likely Cooked “For Hours” Before Burning Down Attic

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A fire likely cooked for hours before burning a Sacramento attic early Monday morning, according to Sacramento Metro Battalion Chief Steve Turner.

The fire started around 6 a.m. on Wayside Lane near Rolling Hills Road. No one was in the home during the time of the fire. It was initially believed only two adults lived in the home; FOX40 later found out three children also live there. At least one person was out of the country during the time of the fire Monday morning.

Chairs salvaged from the home lined the front lawn and neighbors stood outside in their pajamas to see the cleanup effort two hours after the fire started. Firefighters said 10-12 feet flames shot out from the attic when they arrived. They said they were able to cover paintings and furniture to prevent heat and smoke damage on some of the belongings.

Firefighters worked during the later parts of the morning to drill  the roof to overhaul hot spots in an effort to take care of embers that could be tucked under the wood shingles.

They said that shake (or wood) roofs were much more likely to catch fire than composition or tile roofs, which are more resistant. It’s unclear what caused the fire Monday morning.

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