ANTELOPE, Calif. (KTXL) — A fire engulfed an Antelope home Sunday afternoon.
“We thought we were going to have more than one structure involved,” said Metropolitan Fire of Sacramento Battalion Chief John Graf.
The quick work of fire crews, however, stopped that from happening even as the fire tried everything to spread, including going up a pine tree.
“Flames were reported 20-30 feet out all windows on the second floor,” Graf said.
Graf says they dealt with a few challenges in putting the fire out. The most obvious challenge was the triple-digit heat.
“Hydration. You can’t underestimate the importance of that,” Graf said.
A rehab unit was set up as crews were cycled through, but Graf says it doesn’t matter how many years a person is a firefighter — They never get used to the heat.
“The best thing you can do is hydrating several days prior to the fire, staying in good physic shape. When you come to work, you are rested as possible,” Graf said.
The other challenge firefighters faced was inside the home.
“They had things piled up, carts and crates were packaged up. That did hinder firefighting efforts on the second floor,” Graf said.
Graf says people were in the process of moving out.
“Crews were having a tough time pulling hose lines through the house,” Graf explained.
At one point, some of the material fell onto firefighters, Graf says. He recommends not piling things up and also being extra careful this summer.
“With the elevated temperatures, be fire safe,” Graf said.
One firefighter was injured during that fire. It’s not know how they were injured.