Morning fire damages Folsom home

By: Laura Newell Telegraph staff writer
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On Wednesday morning Folsom Fire Department was called to a single family structure fire in the 100 block of Dyrell Way in Folsom. The homeowner, Mario Astorga, was home with his two young children at the time of the fire. They all got out of the house safely. The children’s mother was not at home at the time of the fire, said Ronald Phillips, deputy fire chief. “The fire started in the bedroom and by the time we got there, it had expanded to other rooms in the house,” said Dan Haverty, Folsom fire chief. “It was a single alarm response … 24 staff (members) arrived.” Engines from El Dorado County and Sacramento Metro County also responded. “We had to cut two holes in the roof for ventilation,” Haverty said. “There is a lot of damage.” Haverty said the cause of the fire and the approximate cost of the damages are still under investigation. “We offered the family Red Cross services, but they are going to stay with family in the area,” Haverty said. Astorga said he owns numerous restaurants in Folsom. Neighbor Shannon Thomas, 31, was exercising in the neighborhood when the fire happened. “I was out jogging in the next block and I saw smoke. I thought it was my house,” Thomas said. “I am close with the family. He (Astorga) was just trying to get his kids out of the house.” For more, see next Wednesday’s Folsom Telegraph.