Apartment Fire with Report of Children Trapped

Fair Oaks, CA – Just after 8 this morning, Metro Fire crews were dispatched to a two-story apartment complex at 10501 Fair Oaks Boulevard for a report of visible flames from a downstairs apartment. Crews arrived to a working fire and quickly initiated fire attack. Shortly after arrival, information was received that two children may be trapped inside the fire unit.

During firefighting operations, life safety is the top priority, and every second counts. Generally, the first arriving crew begins fighting the fire, while performing a hasty search for occupants. Next arriving firefighters conduct further searches for victims. When a report of trapped occupants is received, additional crews will enter the home from bedroom windows, without hoselines, to quickly search and rescue trapped occupants. Fortunately today, the report of children trapped was unfounded and the fire was quickly extinguished.

An aggressive fire attack allowed crews to contain the fire to the apartment of origin, saving all surrounding apartments from damage. The fire appears to have started in the kitchen, with the cause currently under investigation. Damage is estimated at $50,000. Nobody was home at the time of the fire and no civilians or firefighter injuries were reported. One adult and two children were displaced; Red Cross has been requested to assist them.

A neighbor called 9-1-1 after hearing the smoke alarm sounding. Had there been no working smoke alarm, the fire would have continued to grow, spreading to nearby apartments and endangering more residents. Smoke alarms do save lives!

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