SOUTH SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — A South Sacramento family of seven was displaced after their two-story home caught fire early Thursday morning.
Firefighters were first called out to Burns Way around 5:30 a.m. to a two-alarm fire burning right off 47th Avenue.
Neighbors said they watched the flames grow.
“The smoke came out and I saw the flames starting from the second floor to the bedroom, and then after that, it came through to the floor and spread everywhere,” said neighbor Angel Preciado.
Preciado said he was thankful he saw what was happening and quickly called 911.
He told FOX40 he saw people jumping from the second-story balcony onto an SUV in the driveway to escape the flames.
“I just suddenly hear like screaming, like, ‘Get out, get out.’ And then, I saw like some of them jumping out from the window, some of them jumping out on the second floor right on the Suburban,” he recalled.
Sacramento Fire Battalion Chief Dave Lauchner said everyone was able to get out of the home safely, and crews eventually knocked down the fire.
Fire officials said there was concern about the flames jumping to neighboring houses, but they were able to use a “water curtain” to shield the houses next door.
Officials said five of the seven displaced by the fire were children.
While no one was hurt, most of the family’s belongings were reduced to ash.
Now, investigators are working to figure out how the fire started.
“They’ll be investigating for a few hours to see if they can try to come up with a cause of the fire,” Lauchner said.