Sacto 9-1-1
April 10, 2013
Firefighters to search S. Sacramento rubble to rule out fatalities

house_fire_explosionA.jpgFirefighters this afternoon will sift through the rubble of a heavily damaged home in South Sacramento looking for the cause of an explosive fire - and to make sure there are no bodies in the rubble.

Two people were critically burned in the fire that erupted about 4:30 a.m. today on Herbosa Vista Court. Sounds of explosion were heard coming from the single-story residence.

Firefighters said two vehicles with lights turned off were seen speeding from the scene. Two burn victims were transported by private vehicle to UC Davis Medical Center about 30 minutes after the fire was reported.

Fire officials said they suffered second- and third-degree burns over 50-70 percent of their bodies, including on their hands, faces and legs.

Sacramento Fire Department Battalion Chief Chris Ortiz said the cause and origin of the fire has not been determined.

"We are trying to determine if the fire came first or the explosion," said Ortiz. "We are about to pick the house apart."

Fire investigators have learned that there might have been others residing in the house.

"The whole roof came down, so we are not sure what is under that," said Ortiz.

As firefighters approached the blaze this morning near Elder Creek Road and the 65th Street Expressway they could see flames shooting through the roof. Firefighters began to spray water onto the blaze, eventually bringing it under control.

Walls were bowed outward, possibly indicating an explosion having occurred inside the house. A small marijuana-growing operation was found at the home, which had gas service but no electricity service. Several small gas generators were found in the garage.
Photo caption: The scene Wednesday morning on Herbosa Vista Court where a fire broke out possibly caused by an explosion in the residence which is near Elder Creek Road and the 65th Street Expressway. Photo by Randy Pench / rpench@sacbee.com

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