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Fire behind Citrus Heights Dollar Tree displaces six residents

A fire behind Dollar Tree on Auburn Boulevard Friday morning spread into trees and caused damage to nearby homes. // M. Hazlip

By Mike Hazlip–
What began as a vegetation fire along a fence line behind Dollar Tree at Auburn Boulevard and Greenback Lane quickly spread to nearby cypress trees damaging residential buildings in the Creekside community of Citrus Heights Friday morning.

Sacramento Metro Fire Battalion Chief Chris Reed told The Sentinel six residents were displaced due to heat and smoke damage, although no injuries were reported.

Reed said one woman living alone has found temporary housing and the Red Cross will be assisting a family of five, four adults and one child, with temporary housing.

The first Metro Fire unit was reported on scene at 8:41 a.m. on July 17. Reed said additional units were called when a line of Cypress trees ignited, threatening residential structures on Oak Valley Lane. More than 20 trees had visible fire damage.

The cause of fire was not immediately known Friday morning, but is under investigation.

Minor damage could be seen to nearby residential structures, and about 50 feet of a fence between the private community and the Ranch Motel was destroyed. The Ranch Motel was undamaged.

A representative at the motel said the owner is out of town, and had no additional information.

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