Fire Destroys and Damages Homes in Northern California Neighborhood

08/28/2013
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, girlfrie...

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