SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — About a dozen people have been displaced after a three-alarm fire damaged several units of a Sacramento apartment complex early Tuesday morning.
— Rachel Wulff (@rachelwulff) June 9, 2020
According to the Sacramento Fire Department, firefighters responded around 1 a.m. and found several units on fire.READ MORE: Updates: Strong Winds And Rain Moving Across Sacramento Region
Firefighters were able to contain the flames to two buildings at the complex, but at least 16 units were damaged.
“I did panic. This is nothing you ever plan to be in,” said Jessica Rodriguez.
Rodriguez called 911 when she heard embers against her window then barely escaped with her boyfriend and her dog.
“My smoke alarm wasn’t going off. It wasn’t until I opened my patio door I saw flames and heard the alarm and then I was like ‘oh crap there is a fire,’” said Vicki Oh.
Oh ran out with her family the worked to help eight families who made it out.READ MORE: Two New Sandbag Locations Opened In Sacramento
“We grabbed waters and blankets and helped them,” she said.
They stood and watched as their apartments burned.
“Honestly, it felt like a movie scene it was quick and spread so fast,” she said.
UPDATE** A total of 16 units in 2 buildings were heavily damaged by fire earlier this morning. Amazingly, no one was injured in this 3 Alarm blaze which is a testament to working smoke detectors . Be sure to have working smoke detectors in your home. It can save your life. pic.twitter.com/pwLtz9lLFF
— Sacramento Fire (@SacFirePIO) June 9, 2020
Firefighters say it took a couple of hours to put out the fire.
“It was a dogfight for them,” said Battalion Chief Rusty Van Buren. “The buildings are pretty close and just the sheer volume of fire emanating from initial units was just a massive amount.”
No human injuries were reported in the fire, but one cat was lost. The Red Cross is now helping the people who were displaced by the fire.MORE NEWS: 'Major Flood Threat:' National Weather Service Says Storm Could Be Historic
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.