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15 people displaced after Folsom fire

By: Laura Newell, Features Editor
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Due to high winds during an evening fire last night, 15 people were displaced from their homes in a Folsom complex.

According to Division Chief Dennis Wycoff, Folsom Fire Department received a call at 6:24 p.m. for possible patio fire.

“When the first unit arrived on scene within four minutes of the dispatch, fire personal said it was a working patio fire and structure fire, with surrounding unites being threatened,” Wycoff said.

A second alarm was called at 6:29 p.m., Wycoff said. Units from Folsom, Sacramento Metro and El Dorado Hills fire departments were on scene, with 21 total units.

“The cause of the fire is still under investigation,” Wycoff said. “The high winds (on Tuesday) acted as a tunnel affect, blowing fire through the house and drove the fire up into the attic.”

The four-unit apartment complex near Montrose and Talisman drives, had major damage resulting in 15 people being displaced.

“Two units were completely damaged,” Wycoff said. “One unit was damaged with water and smoke, and another unit is unoccupiable because of damage.”

The estimated cost in damage is $300,000,  Wycoff said.

“There was major damage,” Wycoff said. “There will probably have to be some rebuilding to the complex.”

Wycoff said this fire was one of the worst he has seen in awhile.

“This was the fastest moving fire I’ve seen in a long time,” he said. “Due of the wind, the fire had already worked its way into the structure within 15 minutes. This had high potential for being a large scale incident; it could have easily involved multiple apartment units.”

Wycoff said fire is always a major concern when high wind is expected.

“For us there is a lot of concerns that come with high winds including down power lines or trees,” he said. “So when we get called to areas where this is an option, we heighten our awareness and think about the possibilities of other circumstances.”