Five homes were all but destroyed and 10 more were damaged by a stubborn seven-alarm fire in Fairfield on Tuesday, a fire battalion chief said.
The fire was reported in the 2800 block of Marigold Drive, near Interstate Highway 80, at about 3:45 p.m., fire officials said.
About 50 people were evacuated as firefighters fought the blaze, which was contained around 6:30 p.m., fire Battalion Chief Matt Luckenbach said.
In addition to the five homes deemed uninhabitable, 10 sustained minor to moderate damage including broken doors and windows, the battalion chief said.
Fire officials said the blaze appears to have started in the grass along the highway and then rapidly spread to homes along Marigold Drive, which is parallel to the roadway.
The flames consumed at least a dozen yards, and vegetation behind the homes — including palm trees, cypress trees and pine needles — appears to have fueled the flames, he said.
The fire displaced five families. One of the families accepted temporary housing assistance from the American Red Cross, while the others made other arrangements, Luckenbach said.
No injuries were reported.
Luckenbach said fire crews remained at the scene this morning to monitor hot spots along with investigators who are trying to determine what caused the fire.
No damage estimate from the fire was immediately available, but Luckenbach said it would likely be well over $1 million.
Crews from Contra Costa County, Yolo County and Cal Fire assisted the Fairfield Fire Department in battling the blaze.
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