SACRAMENTO -- A South Sacramento fire ripped through several backyards after neighbors reported hearing a loud explosion on the 7900 block of 34th Aveune, near Fruitridge and Power Inn roads.
Those whose homes were almost destroyed by the blaze said their houses would have been lost if not for the quick actions of their neighbors.
The fire burned just feet from Manida Oriyabong's home. But she wasn't there when it started.
"I saw all my neighbors around our house area and on top of the roof," Oriyabong told FOX40.
Those neighbors came running over ealier after they told Oriyabong they heard an explosion and could see black smoke in the sky.
"It was good people that was from down the street, couple of streets over, you know, everybody came together as a good community," said Oriyabong's next door neighbor Mike Wallace.
By the time Wallace noticed the smoke coming in from his back door, he said it was already too late for most of his backyard.
"Back of the shed was on fire and then it caught onto my fence," Wallace told FOX40.
Soon Sacramento Fire and Sacramento Metro firefighters arrived and got the blaze under control. But four homes were damaged, and multiple sheds, fences and power lines burned. But no one was hurt.
Wallace said he lost six chickens when his coop went up and some kittens who were in an adjoining shed. But he's counting his blessings since the fire burned right up to his foundation. Wallace knows those who came to his aide before firefighters arrived saved his house.
"Tell you all thank you, and if I could ever help out, I can, I will," Wallace said of his neighbors who helped him.
Sacramento Area Firefighters tweeted that there used to be a fire station a few blocks away that recently closed down.
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