Sacramento Fire Investigators Say Two Midtown House Fires Were ‘Deliberately Set’

Update: The Sacramento Fire Department reports their investigators determined that both fires were "deliberately set."

SACRAMENTO -- Sacramento fire officials are investigating two fires as arson after separate homes in Midtown went up in flames early Saturday morning.

Both homes were under construction and are owned by the same person.

Crews responded to the first home on Capitol Avenue around 5 a.m.

“First thing you think is… 'we are alive,'” said Roger Lieberman.

Lieberman and his wife woke up to flames engulfing the house next to theirs.

“5 o’clock, she looked in our window and saw that it was orange, and she just said 'fire,'” Lieberman explained.

The three-story Victorian style home was raised with cribbing for renovations at the time of the fire.

The fire damaged at least two other neighboring homes, including Lieberman’s.

“You can see on our house the siding has been burned," he said.

Three hours after the first home went up in flames, officials responded to a second fire at another Victorian style home on I street, also raised for renovations.

“Well, it’s just really devastating and it’s devastating in a sense, that we are family in the neighborhood and what happens to one of us happens to all of us,” said Rebekah Christensen who lives nearby.

Officials believe the owner may have been targeted due to the suspicious nature of the fires.

This is the aftermath of the house fire on the 2200 block of Capitol Avenue. This is the from the back of the property.

Lieberman told FOX40 one neighbor may have witnessed someone intentionally starting the fire.

While neighbors say it could have been worse, they’re grateful no one was injured in the blaze.

“It was terrifying to see it come from the front of the house, and licking the leaves of the trees,” said neighbor Athol Wong.

Officials do believe the fires are related but the exact cause is still under investigation.

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