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Fire Destroys Portion of 3-Story Victorian in Downtown Sacramento

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SACRAMENTO -- A fire gutted part of a three-story Victorian home in Downtown Sacramento’s Mansion Flats neighborhood Saturday.

The fire left the back side of the older property at 1225 F St. charred and a third-floor apartment gutted. Tenants of the residence told FOX40 smoke and water damage impacted the entire building, causing unlivable conditions.

“Once fire gets inside these buildings it travels the walls and it’s a very difficult fire to fight for these guys,” said Capt. Dave Lauchner with the Sacramento Fire Department.

The fire started outside, in back of the house, at about 1:30 p.m.

The property is divided into separate apartments but despite the tendency of buildings like these to burn quickly, the fire only made it to the inside of the third-floor unit.

“Crews were just about four blocks away and were able to get lines down quickly, which prevented a huge amount of damage,” Lauchner said.

No one was hurt and firefighters rescued at least one cat. It’s unclear if anyone was home when the fire started, but the commotion that followed was scary for people nearby.

“I work at the tattoo shop across the street and we heard screaming and sirens,” said Tegan Barrett.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the home and prevent the flames from reaching neighboring structures.

The Sacramento Fire Department is investigating the cause of the fire.