VACAVILLE — A Wednesday morning fire gutted a rental home in the hills north of Vacaville, with the family living there getting out without injury.
The house is located at 3803 Serenity Hills Drive. This is a rural area with narrow roads and driveways, oaks, fields, corrals and scattered homes.
Tyler Whedbee lives near the fire scene and rushed there around 8 a.m. His family rents out the split-level, white, wooden house.
“Flames were coming out of the second window,” Whedbee said an hour later, pointing to a still-smoking home that firefighters continued spraying water on.
A woman and her mother lived there and his family took them back to their house. The woman said she had seen flames coming from the area with the washer, dryer and water heater, Whedbee said.
His father, uncle and grandfather built the house in the early 1970s, Whedbee said, sometimes blowing on his hands to keep them warm amid a chilling breeze. Temperatures were in the low 40s.
At least eight fire trucks responded to the fire. The Vacaville Fire Protection District led the response, with help from the Vacaville and Dixon fire departments.
Smoke and flames were coming out of the roof and windows of the house when firefighters arrived, Vacaville Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Eric Ceremony said. As is often the case in rural areas, fire crews faced the challenge of a lack of water. That’s why they brought in water tenders, he said.
Ceremony did not know the cause of the fire. Nobody was injured in connection with the firefighting effort, he said.
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