Firefighters are currently (6:38 a.m.) mopping up after a swiftly moving fire burned through a home on Archer Circle early Monday.
Firefighters arrived to calls for help from neighbors and possibly a resident to find the single-story home burning fiercely at 4:48 a.m., with fire concentrated in the garage and roofline of the residence.
Interim Fire Chief Jerry Lee said one person, believed to be the homeowner, suffered second and third-degree burns in the fire, walking out of the burning home at the height of the blaze to be taken by ambulance to the burn center at UC Davis, according to neighbors.
Those neighbors also said the homeowner was saved from the fire by an unnamed roommate, who pulled him out as the fire closed in.
Firefighters arriving at the scene were in an immediate defensive posture and called for a second alarm. Two tanks of chemical acids – nitric and hydrochloric – were also found inside the home, prompting a callout to the scene and further investigation by HazMat responders – but were ultimately determined to be empty, according to Lee.
While the chemicals require cautious handling, they are commonly used together for a variety of reasons, including the processing of various metals for automotive or industrial applications.
The home burned for roughly an hour before the blaze could be brought under control, Lee said, and the house – with an early, estimated cost of $1million – burned to its foundation.
Lee said the cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Firefighters also reported power lines down in the area upon their arrival.