FAIRFIELD — A two-alarm house fire on the 700 block of San Remo Street heavily damaged a one-story residence late Tuesday morning.
Heavy smoke rose over the neighboring house tops and when Officer Will Shaffer arrived on the scene – about two minutes after the 11 a.m. call – he said the fire was going through the roof and the kitchen was “fairly well” involved. Another two minutes and the kitchen was fully involved, he said.
Battalion Chief Bob Stoffel said a pot left on the stove was determined to be the cause of the fire. Most of the heavy damage was in the kitchen and the front of the house, but there is smoke and water damage throughout.
There were no injuries and no one was home at the time, but there was a car parked in the driveway. Ramiro Yanez, 22, and his friend Josh Spradling, 21, didn’t know whether anyone was home, so they swung into action.
They saw the smoke as they crossed Dover Avenue on their way to Spradling’s home to work on his vehicle.
The duo called 911, kicked in doors and broke windows to find out if anyone was inside. They did a “360″ around the house and saw children’s toys in the backyard, which really worried them, they both said. They activated three garden hoses, two belonging to the home and another found at a neighbor’s. They made entry into the home but were confronted with thick, black smoke.
“It was so hard to breath just outside the window,” Spradling said.
By the time Shaffer got to the scene, he said the two men were actively trying to fight the fire.
The fire brought out engines from multiple firehouses, including Cordelia. San Remo was blocked off at Dover Avenue for more than an hour.
Stoffel said the fire was under control within about 30 minutes and completely out about 90 minutes later. Stoffel said they’re working on damage estimates.
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