The Latest – Monday, May 10:
The Sacramento Fire Department says it has responded to a grass fire started at a homeless encampment on Eleanor Avenue near Grove Avenue.
Original story below:
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) – The Sacramento Fire Department responded to multiple grass fires Monday morning, including one off Mack Road and Tangerine Avenue in South Sacramento.
Just after 8 a.m., the fire department received several calls of smoke coming from underneath the bridge on Tangerine Avenue, an area firefighters are all too familiar with.
“It’s a known homeless encampment; we’ve dealt with several incidents in the past,” said Sacramento Fire Capt. Keith Wade.
Megan McFarland with Pacific Gas & Electric said someone had dug into the ground in the area, exposing a pipe, and then lit a fire.
“We don’t deal a whole lot with gas leak fires on a daily basis,” Wade said.
Sacramento Fire Department and PG&E crews were able to dig down and clamp off the gas lines while containing the fire in just under an hour and a half.
“When we get a report of a grass fire and we show up and it’s not actually a grass fire, it’s a gas leak fire, it’s just a different sort of circumstance we have to deal with,” Wade explained.
No one was located under the bridge when the fire reached its peak, but neighbors nearby told FOX40 off-camera that this has been an issue for a long time and that they are thankful the intense situation did not get out of control.
“Already this morning, the Sacramento Fire Department has had several grass fires that have occurred. A couple of them have been in homeless encampments, one in North Sacramento, one down in south,” Wade said. “So with these conditions today, we’re on high alert, ready to respond quickly to make sure these fires don’t grow into large incidents.”
Both sides of Tangerine Avenue are closed.