VACAVILLE — A Thursday afternoon fence fire damaged two south Vacaville homes on Cookson Street just south of Foxboro Parkway before Vacaville and Fairfield firefighters got it under control.
Neighbor Troy Stabile was one of the residents of the Foxboro neighborhood who spotted smoke and a smell like burning wires shortly after 4 p.m. from the area of the fence that separated the two houses.
“I was pulling my garbage cans in when I saw the smoke and people started calling 911,” Stabile said.
Firefighters arrived to find the fence, garbage toters and a shed between the homes on fire. The fire managed to get into the attic on the home to the south, causing significant damage to the northwest corner of the home. The house to the north only suffered a cracked window and heat damage, according to Vacaville Battalion Chief Matt Lage.
Donnie Page and his wife, who lived in the south home, had just arrived back in town from a trip and were at his wife’s restaurant when they got the call from neighbors that their house was on fire.
“We think it may have been the pool filter,” said Page, speculating on the cause of the fire, pointing out that some neighbors told him they smelled what seemed like an electrical fire.
No one was injured in the fire and firefighters have not yet determined a cause. Firefighters from Fairfield and the California Medical Facility helped subdue the blaze within a half-hour of getting on scene.
Page, his wife and a grandson who lives with them will stay with family members elsewhere in town.