While the fire claimed 2 homes, a handful of others were spared, and some homeowners say it is remarkable, because flames were just inches from their homes.
The fire was spread quickly by winds, but fortunately fire crews from several different agencies were just as fast. Those who live in the homes which are still standing are counting their blessings.
“So I’m undoing this hose, turn on the water, and then fire just shoots up the fence,” said Michael Laren, a resident who was able to escape the fire. Laren was trying to help his neighbor keep the flames away from his house when he realized continuing to fight it alone was far too dangerous. “I just kind of did a reality check on him. I said ‘It’s too big! We can’t do anything, let’s go!’ and then we left.”
It was a similar scene at Wendy Argueta’s family home. “The instructor kept telling her, we got to go we got to go because the fire was hitting the garage,” said Argueta. Her mom was staying behind though, because she could not find two of the family’s dogs. Fortunately, firefighters helped just in time to rescue one of the dogs, Buddy.
Crews were also able to save chickens, caged doves, and – most importantly – people’s homes.
After crews found Buddy, they were able to find another one of the owner’s dogs, Vidi, which the Arguetas were very grateful for. Hector Argueta added “Those dogs, you know, they’re part of the family.”
Fairfield Fire says the fire appears to have started on the freeway, but the cause is still under investigation.