H-NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

Aug 28, 2013 4:01 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

5 homes destroyed, 10 damaged in Calif. fire


FAIRFIELD, Calif. (AP) - Officials say a fire that tore through a Northern California neighborhood destroyed five homes and damaged 10 more.

Fairfield Fire Battalion Chief Matt Luckenbach tallied the destruction Wednesday, a day after the blaze.

About 50 people fled after an initially small roadside fire spread in the city about 50 miles northeast of San Francisco shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Luckenbach says no injuries were reported. The wind-driven fire started in grass near Interstate 80, jumped a creek, skirted a freeway sound wall and raced through the neighborhood, spreading through treetops.

The seven-alarm blaze eventually grew to 40 acres.

Luckenbach says it took nearly 200 firefighters more than two hours to get the fire under control.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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