Early morning fire torches Folsom home

By: Bill Sullivan, Associate Publisher
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It’s a fact, smoke alarms can save lives and early Tuesday morning, Oct. 16, a Folsom resident can surely attest to that.

At approximately 12:10 a.m., units from three different area fire agencies were dispatched to a structure fire in the 100 block of Rugosa Drive in Folsom. A quick response by firefighters resulted in saving adjacent homes.

Firefighters from the City of Folsom’s Engine 35 were the first to arrive on scene of the one-alarm incident. Upon arrival, fire fighters found a well-involved backyard patio deck fire that had spread to the interior living area and the attic area of a single-story home.

Upon arrival, an immediate search of the home found that the occupant had evacuated the structure safely prior to the arrival of fire fighters and paramedics after being alerted by smoke detectors in the home.

“Working smoke alarms save lives. The family of last night’s residential structure fire were woken up and alerted to the fire that had started on their back patio and spread to the interior of the home through working smoke alarms and were able to safely evacuate prior to fire fighters arriving,” said Folsom Deputy Fire Marshal Lauren Ono, who also shared the message on social media to alert the community the importance of working smoke alarms. “Remember to test your smoke alarms once a month, change the batteries when you change the clock, and check for expiration dates on the back of the alarm.”

The crew from Engine 35 initiated an offensive attack on the fire as additional units rolled on to the scene from Folsom as well as El Dorado Hills and Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District. The multiple fire companies worked simultaneously under the direction of Folsom Division Chief Ken Cusano to locate, contain and extinguish the fire burning inside the home while fire fighters were able to prevent the spread of the fire to adjacent homes.

A total of four engine companies, two truck companies, two paramedic ambulances, two chief officers and one fire investigator were dispatched to the scene.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. There were no injuries as a result of this fire. 

No further information has been released at this time.