Fire Spreads to Two Citrus Heights Homes, Burning Woman and Killing Cat

CITRUS HEIGHTS -- A fire spread to two homes Wednesday in Citrus Heights.

Around 3:29 p.m., Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District Capt. Chris Vestal reports heavy flames were coming from a home on Glass Slipper Way near 3 Sisters Court. Firefighters say the blaze began in the home’s kitchen.

The woman inside suffered minor burns but is otherwise OK. Her cat was killed in the flames.

Robert Anglen lives next door to where the fire started. The flames eventually spread to his home.

“What’s funny is my neighbor that used to live right there called me and said, 'There’s a lot of smoke coming right from your area. I’m driving by on Auburn, I think there might be a problem. It looks about right,'” Anglen said.

Anglen, his wife and kids were not home at the time but after a concerned friend called him fearing the smoke was coming from his home, Anglen got a phone notification that confirmed it.

“’OK, I’ll turn on the Ring camera, no big deal. Oh, wait, it is.’ So yeah, and all you can do is call people,” he said.

The fire was deemed two-alarm when Anglen’s home took on flames.

Firefighters were up against heat in more ways than one as they battled the blaze in triple-digit temperatures.

“In this kind of weather, it’s extremely hot and it’s fatiguing to firefighters wearing this heavy gear,” Vestal said.

Vestal said not only is it tiring for crews to work in the heat, but their oxygen tanks don’t last as long because of heavier breathing on a very hot day. More firefighters mean more time to regroup.

“You’re also going to be less hydrated,” Vestal explained. “So, it’s important to take that gear off, take a break in the shade and drink a little bit of water.”

The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.

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