FAIRFIELD (CBS SF) — A four-alarm fire that damaged eight homes in Collinsville near Birds Landing in Solano County on Friday is estimated to have caused millions of dollars in damage, a fire chief said.
The fire in the 1000 block of Collinsville Road was reported just before 1:30 p.m., a Solano County dispatcher said.
When fire crews arrived they found two homes on fire and the blaze spread to six other homes, Montezuma Fire District Chief Joe Rosewall said.
The homes were near the Sacramento River, about 17 miles outside of Rio Vista and seven miles south of Birds Landing, Rosewall said.
The American Red Cross was called to assist residents displaced by the fire, according to Rosewall.
The fire was contained between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., he said.
Rosewall estimated the blaze caused an estimated $2.5 million in damage. Fifty firefighters assisted in the fire from ten fire departments in the area, Rosewall said. Fire crews stayed at the scene overnight to mop up the area affected by the blaze, he said.
The Tackett family had just moved into their home three days before the fire. Boxes of clothes were still waiting to be unpacked when flames broke out.
“We lost our drivers license, we lost our money. We don’t even have our glasses,” Stephanie Tackett told KPIX 5. “I just got paid Thursday. I had my money, I had cashed my check, had my cash sitting there we was going go pay some bills and now I can’t because it’s gone,” she added.
Vincent Tackett recalled what happened next. “I come out the front door and walked around back, as soon as I walked around back I seen it blazing and I hollered water, I need water! I need water!”
Vincent and his family used pots and pans to try and get the fire out but they were no match for the blaze, so they grabbed their pets and ran.
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