Grass Fire Comes Within 100 Feet of Homes

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Red flag warnings were issued for the day and firefighters readied to respond — and did so quickly enough to save several homes on Elvas Avenue in Sacramento.

“I was sitting inside of my house holding my daughter and I heard a loud bang and several seconds later the power went out,” said Sabrina Silva-McKenzie.

Her neighbor, Marge Duvall, also heard noises outside.

“I was in my kitchen and I heard this loud crackling and I looked out and flames were going,” said Duvall.

Once outside, neighbors found smoke billowing from fire looming dangerously close to their homes.

“I’m worried that my house is going to catch fire, so [we’re] trying to get the kids out the dogs out and everything that means something to us. The cars, stuff like that,” said Silva-McKenzie.

The fire, spanning the length of four houses behind their property, came less than a 100 feet of Silva-McKenzie’s home.

“I am just hoping that they get it out. It looks like one of the fire engines left; so I’m hoping that they get it under control and that we’re going to get our power restored,” said Silva-McKenzie.

Firefighters managed to quickly knock the fire down.  Nobody was hurt and there is no word yet on what may have caused it, but firefighters at the scene noticed a tree resting on dangling electrical wires.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Kimberly Easton filed this report.

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