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Firefighters spare Empire Ranch homes from flames

Tuesday blaze destroys 2 campers, fence, damages home
By: Bill Sullivan, Associate Publisher
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At approximately 4:49 p.m., multiple units from the Folsom Fire, El Dorado Hills Fire and Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Departments were dispatched to the 1000 block of Caversham Way for a reported structure fire late Tuesday, July 11.

The initial 911 call from a neighbor reported that a fence was on fire in a narrow area between the two homes. While units were en route, the fire reportedly spread to the vegetation between the two homes as well as two recreational vehicles and was moving toward the exterior wall of a two-story home, prompting the call to be upgraded to a complete structure fire response.

According to Folsom Fire Department Division Chief Chad Wilson, an aggressive attack was initiated to prevent the fire from spreading further into the homes. Additional units from Sacramento and El Dorado Hills provided assistance with the complete extinguishment of the fire as well as a thorough inspection of the neighboring field and properties to insure no additional flare ups would occur.

Both trailers were completely destroyed in the blaze. Each was equipped with propane tanks that were reportedly exploding prior to arrival, requiring extra caution by firefighters. According to the report, pieces of a propane tank were found as far away as in the backyard of a home that was several houses away and across the street from the incident.

“Small propane tanks can pose a hazard during a fire,” said Folsom Fire Chief Felipe Rodriguez. “These should always be stored away from a home or other combustible materials.”

The residences where the trailers were located received damage to its exterior and windows. Crews confirmed that no further fire spread occurred into each of the affected homes due to the fast response and attack on the blaze.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

Caversham Way was closed for more than an hour to through traffic. The cause of the fire remained under investigation at press time on Wednesday. The Folsom Telegraph will have a complete report once further information is released.

A total of four engine companies, two truck companies, one medic unit and two chief officers were initially dispatched to the scene. Additional resources that responded included Folsom Police, SMUD, PG&E, El Dorado Hills Truck 85 and Battalion Chief 85 as well as Sacramento Metropolitan Engine 63.


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(Posted 7:55 p.m. 7-10-18 - Bill Sullivan)

(Updated 9:53 am 7-11-18 - Bill Sullivan)