Car alarm alerts Carmichael family to fire in garage

Carmichael, CA – Around 5:30AM this morning, Metro Fire crews were dispatched to a home on the 3200 block of Murchison Way in Carmichael for multiple reports of a house fire. First arriving crews found a well-involved garage fire that had already extended into the home. Crews quickly initiated fire attack, while searching for victims, ventilating, and salvaging the family’s belongings.

The family of five was awakened to the sound of a car alarm, as fire had grown in their garage and spread into the attic above their heads. They evacuated themselves and their two pets, while calling 9-1-1. The fire was mostly contained to the garage and attic, though the living quarters did sustain smoke, water and overhaul damage. Damage is estimated at $100,000. Arson Investigators were requested to the scene, with the cause of the fire currently under investigation. No injuries were reported to the family or to firefighters; the five residents of the home were all displaced.

Roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep. Smoke alarms provide a critical early warning of fire, allowing additional time to escape. Make sure you have a smoke alarm in every bedroom, outside every sleeping area, and on every level!

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