Dozens of fires were started on Fourth of July in the Sacramento area, some caused by the obligatory fireworks that celebrate the nation’s independence and others from less explosive sources.Property
The Sacramento Fire Department received 252 calls for service this year and responded to 12 structure fires, 31 grass fires and 53 miscellaneous fires in cars, large trash bins or elsewhere.
While fireworks continued popping overhead, firefighters worked through the night to extinguish the blazes.
One house in the 8500 block of Sunnybrae Drive in Valley Hi/North Laguna sustained significant damages when its garage caught on fire. Multiple fires burned in a large field in Meadowview near the 7900 block of Tantura Way after fireworks sparked the dry grass.
“And so it begins,” the department wrote on social media. “Just to recap earlier messages, illegal fireworks start fires.”