Family escapes house fire

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A family of six managed to escape a fire in their home because they were prepared, according to Folsom Fire Department officials. At 6:43 p.m. on Wednesday the Folsom Fire Department responded to the scene of a single family house fire at 129 Hopfield Drive in Folsom. The garage of the two-story home was “fully involved” in the fire, according to the initial responding battalion chief. Firefighters were able to keep the fire contained to the garage without damage to the inside of the home in part because the homeowner had placed a double layer of sheetrock on the ceiling of the garage, according to Folsom Fire Chief Dan Haverty. Assistance also came from the Folsom Police Department and the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department. A mom and her five daughters, ranging in age from 1 to 13, were at home at the time of the fire and practiced their home escape plan by all gathering in the front yard of the home across the street, according to Haverty.  When firefighters arrived they were able to confirm with the mother that there was no one left in the home and went to work extinguishing the fire. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries. “The citizens of Folsom should be very proud of their firefighters’ solid work on this fire,” Haverty said. “And, the mother and daughters set such a great example of practicing E.D.I.T.H. (Exit Drills in the Home) by all gathering at their meeting place after exiting the house.”  The fire was caused by a vehicle “igniting” in the garage and spreading to other combustible materials. Damage to the structure and its contents is estimated to be $85,000, according to Haverty. ~ Staff report