Authorities have opened a criminal investigation after a two-alarm fire damaged a natural gas meter and produced intense flames that burned two homes in Elk Grove.
The fire was initially reported at 2:26 a.m. in one of the homes in the 6900 block of Seasons Drive, just west of Bruceville Road and south of Laguna Boulevard.
The first engine of Cosumnes Fire Department arrived minutes after the first call, and firefighters found strong flames burning in both homes, according to a news release from Cosumnes Community Services District. At 2:33 a.m., firefighters sounded the second alarm to get more crews to respond to the blaze.
Four engines, two ladder trucks, a fire unit and two command officers – a total of 24 firefighters – initially responded to the house fire. At 2:33 a.m., firefighters sounded the second alarm to get more crews to respond to the blaze.
Firefighters found a gas meter damaged by the fire, which led to a natural gas leak intensifying the flames, firefighters said.
The most extensive fire damage occurred outside homes, according to the fire department. There was also extensive damage to both houses.
No injuries were reported. Firefighters praised residents for safely evacuating their homes.
“Residents of the homes were outside when crews arrived and advised everyone was safe, which helped firefighters get the blaze under control quickly,” Fire Chief Felipe Rodriguez said in the communicated.
Fire department investigators were conducting a criminal investigation into the origin and cause of the house fire in cooperation with the Elk Grove Police Department.
Investigators have asked anyone with information about the house fire to call the Cosumnes Fire Department hotline at 916-405-7118.