SUISUN CITY, Calif. (KTXL) — A nightmare turned into reality for Brittiney Coulter-Rosas, whose childhood home went up in flames Wednesday after a vegetation fire tore through her Suisun City neighborhood.
“It sucks. As many fires as we fought over the years, we’ve never had one this bad,” she said.
Thankfully, Coulter-Rosas got there in time to bring her mom and animals to safety, but her home and three others could not be saved
“It started out by the wildlife center and all of a sudden it went up right away,” neighbor Benny Johnson said.
Firefighters say flames ignited behind the Suisun City Wildlife Center and didn’t take long to jump across 300 acres. It destroyed three homes and damaged several others. Investigators initially said late Wednesday that four homes were lost, but later revised that count to three.
The center said most of its animals survived but some were killed in the fire. It has set up a GoFundMe campaign to help offset expenses.
Suisun City Fire Chief Justin Vincent says everyone inside the wildlife center was evacuated and animals were released from their cages.
“They were not going to leave until we cut those locks and the animals could run free,” Vincent said.
He says last year from Jan. 1 to June 1, his department doused 24 fires. This year, his crews have already responded to 49
“Statistically, this has been a horrible year for fires in suisun city,” he said.
Vincent says crews started to get a better handle on the brush fire by sun down and no injuries were reported.
A sigh of relief for Coulter-Rosas, who says things can be replaced and everything that can’t be replaced is safe.
”I’m just glad that she’s out of the house and she’s okay because I don’t know what I would do if I lost her,” she said. “She’s the only family I have right now.”