FAIRFIELD — A fire Friday afternoon destroyed a house off Air Base Parkway and Heath Drive, but firefighters were able to save homes on either side of the burned structure on the 400 block of Tulip Street.
Numerous neighbors called about the fire starting at 2:37 p.m. Arriving firefighters, who determined no one was inside the burning house or garage, sent a water curtain between the adjoining houses, Capt. Bobby Silva said.
The cause of the fire was not known, Silva said. One of the home’s occupants was seriously burned and was being treated at a local hospital, the Fire Department announced on its Facebook page. No firefighters were injured.
Silva said wind was the biggest enemy in the two-alarm blaze that brought firefighters from the Fairfield Fire Department along with units from the Cordelia Fire Protection District and Vacaville Fire Department.
Fairfield Fire Chief Tony Velasquez was at the fire scene and said burning embers and trees in the area were part of the firefighters’ focus.
The loss was estimated at $500,000, which includes the home that was destroyed and one vehicle that was also destroyed, along with heat damage to two other homes and to two other vehicles, the department reported.
Resident Jeanne Platano, who lives across the street and half-dozen homes away from the burned house, said she thought of the Aug. 27, 2013, fire that destroyed five homes and damaged 10 others.
“It brought to mind Marigold,” she said.
“It was burning big time when I walked out,” Platano said of the Friday fire.
Another resident who lives on Dahlia Street behind the burned home said three cats escaped the structure and went to her backyard.
Other neighbors said the burned house had been remodeled recently. A truck parked in the driveway was burned in the blaze.
Neighborhood resident Terry Monday, 64, said he and his wife were downtown when his 92-year-old mother-in-law, who lives with them, phoned to say the house across the street was on fire.
“I had no idea what I was going to find,” Monday said of returning home.
His mother-in-law was safe, as was the house.
John Meyer, 63, who lives along Dahlia, said a neighbor alerted him to the fire. Meyer knocked on doors to let others know about the blaze but he was confident it wouldn’t spread from Tulip Street.
“I figured the guys weren’t going to let it get down eight houses,” he said of firefighters and how far his home was from the fire.
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This version updates the original to include information on the injury to one of the home’s occupants, and to include specifics about the damage caused by the fire.