A firefighter with Metro Fire is now recovering after falling 20 feet through the roof of a building on fire on Auburn Boulevard in Friday morning.
Firefighters were investigating the fire as suspicious.
Wayne Waller lives in a motor home near the building that caught fire. He says the flames and smell of smoke woke him up.
“I tried to hose it down but I couldn’t, so I grabbed my wife, my dog and my lizard and left,” Waller said.
Waller’s tools were destroyed in the fire, but the building next door was completely charred inside.
Jerry Lucci was working at a nearby car shop, when he saw flames taking over the two story building.
“You don’t expect it when you’re just at work, you don’t expect something like this to happen,” he told FOX40.
Flames broke out close to a handful of other business. Workers say the building that caught fire was some sort of warehouse.
The injured firefighter was taken to uc davis medical center. Fire officials expect him to be back on duty soon.
“It goes to highlight that it is an incredibly hazardous job that these folks perform day in and day out,” Metro Fire Battalion Chief Chris Quinn said.
Paul Williams says he saw the firefighter crawling out of the building.
“He had burns on his arms and his hands but I don’t know why he was even on the roof to start with. The guys were too brave,” Williams said.
Witnesses say the fire started outside the building, and quickly spread inside. The official cause of the fire is still under investigation.