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Questions remain after two homes damaged by July 4 fire

By Mike Hazlip—
One person was injured and two homes were damaged by a fire in Citrus Heights around 11:30 p.m. on July 4.

Metro Fire reported that crews responded to the location in the northwestern area of the Citrus Heights Area Seven Eight and Nine neighborhood, with firefighters returning again to the same location Wednesday afternoon for a report of light smoke at the residence. The Sentinel is not including the exact location of the homes to protect the residents from looting.

Battalion 13 Chief Jason Vestal said one adult was injured in the fire, and the occupants of both homes were displaced. The garage area of both homes sustained damage, and a pickup truck parked between the homes was destroyed.

Vestal said returning to a fire is not common, but it is a possibility in the current weather conditions.

“When it gets high and dry like it has been, hidden fire can dry out, the fuel moisture can get down low,” Vestal said. “If there’s anything hidden, like embers that got trapped down in concealed spaces, that can reignite.”

As of Wednesday, the cause of fire was still under investigation.

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