Smoke Alarms Alert Wheelchair–bound Residents to Fire, Cat Perishes

North Highlands, CA – Shortly before 7:00 this morning, working smoke alarms alerted two wheelchair-bound residents to a growing fire inside their house. They called out to their caretakers, who were able to help them get out of the house without injury.

Arriving less than three minutes after dispatch, Metro Fire crews reported a working fire on the 6700 block of Thomas Drive. They quickly initiated fire attack and began searching for victims. Firefighters were able to contain the damage to a portion of the living quarters and the attic, saving roughly $75,000 in personal property. Total damage is estimated to be $100,000. Red Cross was requested to assist the displaced residents.

Tragically, the homeowner's cat perished in the fire; there were no other injuries. Arson investigators on scene have determined the cause of the fire to be electrical in nature. Metro Fire reminds residents to always use properly rated extension cords, plug high-energy equipment directly into a wall outlet, and have working smoke alarms near every room where sleeping occurs. Smoke alarms really do save lives!

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