Fire Destroys and Damages Homes in Northern California Neighborhood

About 50 people fled after an initially small roadside fire spread in the city of Fairfield (CA) that destroyed five homes and damaged 10 others, reports The Associated Press.

No injuries were reported, as the wind-driven fire that started in some grass near Interstate 80 jumped a creek, skipped a freeway sound wall and raced through the neighborhood, spreading through vegetation and treetops.

The seven-alarm fire eventually grew to 40 acres as nearly 200 firefighters from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and three counties took more than two hours to get the flames under control.

Martin Lalor, who lived in one of the five gutted homes with his mother, girlfriend and their 2-year-old daughter, told KGO-TV on Wednesday that he and his daughter were home alone when fire overran their street.

Among the five families who lost their home, the American Red Cross assisted one family, while the other four households were able to stay with loved ones.

Fairfield Communications Manager Gale Spears said a city disaster recovery team assessed the 10 damaged homes Wednesday and will do so again Thursday before allowing residents to re-enter the area.

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