Family displaced as fire scorches home

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A quiet Saturday afternoon was broken by the sounds of fire engines. Plumes of thick smoke billowed from a two-story home in the 900 block of Palmer Circle. More than 20 firefighters from two agencies — Folsom Fire Department and Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department, responded within minutes of the 3:04 p.m. call. A total of four engines companies, two truck companies, one paramedic ambulances, three chief officers and one fire investigator were dispatched to the scene. Firefighters from Folsom Fire Station 35 arrived approximately five and a half minutes after receiving the first 911 call to find an attached garage to the home fully engulfed in flames. Firefighters immediately began an offensive fire attack to prevent the spread of the fire into the remaining areas of the home, according to officials. The fire was fully contained within 12 minutes. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. There were no injuries. Damage is estimated at approximately $60,000. According to officials, the fire displaced the family from their home. Folsom Fire Department officials said residents need to make sure that they have working smoke detectors on every level of their home, outside all sleeping areas and in all bedrooms. They recommend testing each smoke detector no less than once a month and remember to change the batteries when the clocks turn back an hour later this month. ~ Staff report