Vacaville house blaze was 'likely accidental,' fire chief says

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A two-alarm structure fire that heavily damaged two homes in Vacaville last Friday was likely the result of an accident, the city’s fire chief said on Monday.

In an interview with the Vacaville Reporter newspaper, Vacaville Fire Department Chief Kris Concepcion said fire investigators were “leaning toward” an accidental ignition, though the chief cautioned that the cause was not finalized.

Fire officials were drawn to the 1900 block of Marshall Road around 11:15 a.m. Friday where crews discovered a fire located inside the garage of a home.

A second alarm was struck, bringing in nearly four dozen firefighters from across the city and from neighboring Fairfield.

The blaze quickly spread to a neighboring home where the roof and side wall sustained moderate damage.

The fire was brought under control about an hour after it was reported.

One firefighter was admitted to the hospital for an unspecified injury and was released the next day. Another firefighter was treated at the hospital for an eye injury.

Multiple firefighters were evaluated at the scene for possible heat-related illnesses, though none required a hospital visit, Concepcion said in an interview last week.

The blaze displaced two residents in the home where the fire began and seven residents from the home next door.

The Reporter said the fire caused more than $400,000 in asset damage, including $350,000 in real property damage to both structures.

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