Sacto 9-1-1
April 30, 2013
Wind-driven fires damage homes in Pocket area, North Highlands

One house was destroyed and another damaged in a wind-driven fire in the Sacramento's Pocket area this afternoon, just a few hours after a vehicle fire spread to a home in North Highlands.

Sacramento city firefighters responded about 4:30 p.m. to a fire at Souza Circle and Portugal Way in the Pocket area. Deputy Chief Lloyd Ogan said they arrived to find a single-story home fully involved and fire extending to a neighboring two-story home.

"It was definitely a wind-driven fire, and it was accelerating very quickly," Ogan said.

Because of the wind, he said, the department had been on heightened alert all day, dispatching additional crews without waiting for the first crews to arrive on scene. Ogan said 100 firefighters responded and were able to limit damage to the second-story home. He said the fire was brought under control in about an hour.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Ogan said residents of the single-story residence were home when the fire started, but residents of the neighboring two-story house were away from home at the time. No one was injured.

With winds expected to continue Wednesday, Ogan said the city department will remain on heightened alert.

Wind also was blamed for spreading a fire in North Highlands. Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District crews responded to the 4400 block of Gandy Way about noon for a reported vehicle fire. They arrived to find that wind had driven the fire into a fence, grass and the house, according to a district news release.

Four adults and two dogs were safely evacuated. About 30 firefighters worked to contain the blaze.

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