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UPDATE: Roseville firefighters deal with two Sunday blazes in two hours

Police say reckless teens were the cause of one fire
By: Scott Thomas Anderson, Editor
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For the Roseville Fire Department, Sunday was not a day of rest — its personnel rushed out to stop two potentially dangerous fires dead in their tracks.

According to Battalion Chief Kevin Morris, the first call came just after 2:45 p.m. Residents who live in the area of Blue Oaks Boulevard spotted a structure fire on Quail Nest Court. A total of eight fire engines, one ladder truck and an ambulance were dispatched to the scene. Arriving firefighters found a vacant building fully involved in flames. Witnesses said the fire was beginning to move into a patch of wild flowers, where it could continue to spread in different directions.

The Roseville firefighters quickly knocked the flames down.

“It was basically a surround and drown tactic,” said Morris. “It was all exterior firefighting because we were dealing with an abandoned, dilapidated, uninhabitable structure.”

Morris added that the fire was doused before it spread very far into the surrounding wild land area.

The Roseville Police Department said the cause of the fire was two teenagers playing with a lighter and magnifying glass. Department spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther emphasized that when the teens realized what they had done they quickly called 911 for help. Both were arrested on suspicion of reckelessly starting a fire before being released to the custody of their parents.

At 4:02 p.m., firefighters were alerted to another report of smoke, this time in a patch of vegetation on the 1500 block of Sierra Gardens Drive. Four fire engines soon arrived to find a small but active grass fire occurring. Morris said the fire was knocked down and contained within 20 minutes.

For resident Ed Silva, who witnessed the first blaze of the afternoon, the work of the city’s department was impressive.

“Roseville should be proud of our firefighters,” Silva told the Press Tribune. “Always a quick and controlled response.”