VACAVILLE — Vacaville police rescued an elderly woman from a home on the 100 block of Deerglen Circle on Wednesday while a fire raged in the home’s garage.
The woman, in her 90s, appeared OK and was taken to the hospital.
“Really all we know right now is the fire started in the garage,” said Vacaville fire Battalion Chief Jeff Ryder. “Unknown cause at this point. Still under investigation.”
Ryder confirmed that a person had to be carried out of the house. He said there wasn’t too much smoke in the interior of the structure at the time because the fire was essentially isolated to the garage.
The two-alarm fire, which was reported just after 3 p.m., was under control within about 15 minutes once firefighters arrived on the scene, Ryder said. He said he did not have a damage estimate.
John Long of Vacaville, a relative of the homeowners, who were not home at the time of the fire, said the family was at the hospital.
“A house fire started in the garage. I’m not sure exactly what happened yet. They’re still trying to put the pieces together,” said Long, whose sister-in-law owns the home. “We got a call that they called 911, got here as quick as we could (and saw) the smoke and the Fire Department was just getting here, putting the fire out.”
The fire produced some tense moments.
Long said there were several children at home at the time of the fire and that his first thought was counting heads. One was initially missing, he said, but was soon found safe.
A total of five people were in the home when the blaze broke out, Long said.
“Five people and my wife’s aunt, great-aunt, cousin’s aunt, she’s 90-something years old and the Vacaville police actually pulled her out of the house,” Long said. “When we pulled up, they had her on the yard over there, giving her oxygen.”
Police Sgt. Charlie Spruill confirmed that two detectives and one patrol officer were the first ones on scene and they rescued the woman from the burning home.
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