SACRAMENTO Calif. (KTXL) — Fire officials believe a fire that damaged one home in South Natomas Thursday was started by fireworks.
The Sacramento Fire Department says crews responded to the fire in the area of Mendel and Rudger ways around 4 p.m.
Before the fire department arrived, neighbors grabbed their hoses and crossed their fingers, working as one to fight back the flames along Ninos Parkway in South Natomas.
“It just hopped from house to house and everyone is out here trying to protect their property,” said neighbor Mohammed Abughannan.
Within minutes, the Sacramento Fire Department was on scene.
Crews were able to keep the fire away from homes, except for one. A fire department spokesperson said the damage was mostly on the building’s exterior.
About an hour after the initial flames broke out, gusty winds pushed an ember into a palm tree nearby. Crews raced to put out that fire as well.
Fire investigators say they have confirmed witness statements that kids were playing with fireworks in the area and that’s what started the fire. Investigators say a burn mark near a bench was the proof they were looking for.
“Fireworks cause fires. They are not allowed to use fireworks this time of year,” said Sacramento Fire Department spokesperson Keith Wade. “It’s only for the Fourth of July. It’s unfortunate because you can see the damage that occurs when people play with anything that can start a fire.”
This story is developing. Check back for more updates.