SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Police are calling a fire that burned overnight on the roof of a south Sacramento home suspicious.

“When I came out, the flames were high, whole roof was on fire,” neighbor Carlos Galvan said.

Firefighters were called out to a home on Herbosa Vista Court at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday after neighbors heard popping sounds coming from the house. When firefighters arrived, they found the roof of a home engulfed in flames.

Neighbors reported seeing a Black BMW with its lights off and heard screeching tires at around the time of the fire.

Later on, two people were dropped off at UC Davis Medical Center with burn injuries, and may have started the fire, say police. No other fires that occurred overnight could have caused burns, they say.

The roof collapsed and the back half of the home was nearly gone, but neighbors don’t appear too upset the house was destroyed.

“The last two, three years, I don’t know who they rented to but there’s people coming and going all day and night,” said Galvan.

Now, neighbors are finding out why there may have been so many visitors.

“What we do know is that marijuana plants were found in and about the house,” said Officer Doug Morse.

SMUD turned the power off a year ago, and those living at the home have been using generators to grow the pot inside the garage. But investigators still do not know if the drug is the reason the home burned.

“At this point, we are trying to determine, did something illegal occur? Is there any criminal activity going on?” said Morse.

The two people remain at the hospital with burns, but police have yet to interview the pair. Police are still trying to track down the car as well.


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