FAIRFIELD — Fire consumed a home late Tuesday on the 1200 block of Utah Street.
Neighbors called emergency crews at 9:59 p.m. to report hearing a loud bang before seeing the fire, said Matt Luckenbach, battalion chief with the Fairfield Fire Department.
Once fire crews arrived – the fire was two blocks from the nearest fire station – they found the garage of the home fully involved in flame, Luckenbach said.
He called the fire a modified one-alarm blaze. He said he summoned engine companies from all five city fire stations as a precaution, given the steady and sometimes strong breeze in town Tuesday night.
The fire initially threatened other structures, Luckenbach said, but crews were able to keep the fire from spreading beyond the one home.
As crews battled the sometimes stubborn flames, neighbors looked on in shock while the neighborhood filled with smoke.
It was too soon to even guess at a cause, Luckenbach said, but crews were to remain on site to investigate.
As far as he knew, Luckenbach said no one was in the house, but as firefighters cut through the roof to release some heat, others prepared to enter the home to do a more thorough check.
With 15 firefighters plus one reserve firefighter and Luckenbach on hand, the battalion chief had to call in help from other departments to cover the city.
He said Vacaville, Suisun City and Cordelia Fire Protection District crews were on standby in case anything else happened.
Police scanner radio traffic put the fire under control at 10:44 p.m.
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