Two-alarm fire causes $175,000 in damage

By: Stephanie Dumm, News Messenger Reporter
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A two-alarm house fire broke out in a Lincoln Crossing home Tuesday night, causing $175,000 in damage. Lincoln Fire Chief Dave Whitt said Lincoln police and fire dispatch received multiple 9-1-1 calls for a house on fire on Somersworth Lane, “so many that the lone dispatcher could not make phone calls to outside agencies to order additional fire resources.” One fire engine was available at the time because the other was assigned to a previous fire, according to Whitt, who was the first on scene to the fire at 6:50 p.m. Whitt said he asked for additional fire engines and trucks “based on the initial 9-1-1 reports and the dark, black column of smoke seen for several miles.” The first engine to arrive worked to extinguish the garage fire before working on the inside of the house, according to Whitt, and mutual aid arrived eight minutes later. Response to the fire included two Lincoln engines, one engine each from Placer County, Rocklin, Roseville and Loomis, for a total of 22 fire fighters, according to Whitt, adding that Lincoln police and public works assisted with traffic control. “The garage was well-involved with fire with two vehicles inside,” Whitt said. “The fire was extending to the second floor bedroom windows as well as the neighbor’s house to the south.” Whitt said the fire was extinguished by fire fighters after 20 minutes, and “began the process of overhaul and investigating the cause.” “The cause of the fire is undetermined but fire investigators were unable to rule out one of the vehicles as a possible source,” Whitt said. There were no reported injuries, and the house was occupied at the time by a grandmother, husband, wife and two children, ages 4 and 2, according to Whitt. He said the inside of the home sustained heat and smoke damage and is salvageable. However, the garage will need to be rebuilt. “Fire fighters save around $700,000 in property including the houses next door to the fire,” Whitt said. “Early notification was critical in this fire. With the delayed response due to distance and lack of available resources, early notification allowed fire fighters to keep the damage to the structure and origin.”