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Raging unoccupied house fire leaves neighbor’s home damaged and community upset- Carmichael

Flames blow out the roof of an unoccupied Carmichael home as firefighters battle to save surrounding homes.
Flames blow out the roof of an unoccupied Carmichael home as firefighters battle to save surrounding homes.

With flames and smoke already blowing out the first and second story windows as well as the roof of the unoccupied home, firefighters battled to save surrounding homes. Neighbors are upset that Sacramento County did little to prevent the inevitable.

When Sacramento Metro Firefighters arrived on scene, just after 4 a.m. Saturday morning, they found a large two-story home well involved with fire, flames and smoke coming from the first and second floor windows that were shooting nearly 40 feet in the air said Brian Shannon, Battalion Chief for Sacramento Metro Fire Department.

The home had been unoccupied for several months with neighbors stating that squatters were scene going in and out of the home on a regular basis. Neighbors stated that they have complained to the County with little results.

Stan Wallin, Neighbor
Stan Wallin, Neighbor

“Some of the neighbors and I have been talking,” said Stan Wallin who lives across the street from the structure, “saying gees, ya know,  the next thing that’s going to happen is it’s gonna catch fire; and honest to God, what a prophetic issue that turned out to be.”

Mitch Russo lives next door to the home that burned . His home sustained some burn damage and damage from firefighting efforts. He and his children were home sleeping. He was awakened to his children screaming and neighbors banging on his door hollering for him and his kids to get out.

Mitch Russo, Neighbor
Mitch Russo, Neighbor

“The kids and I are okay, I wasn’t concerned about that anymore. I was very concerned about the investment in my house; I knew that I was insured, I knew it would be okay for alot of that, but who knows… insurance is insurance; I don’t know what I’m going to able to get paid for,” said Russo.

There were no injuries to civilians nor firefighters. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

[VIDEO] Battalion Chief Brian Shannon and neighbors talk about the incident>

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