Garage fire scorches car

Sprinklers, firefighters help save home
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
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A vehicle fire was stopped in time before it consumed an Auburn garage and its adjoining home. At about 9:08 p.m. Thursday, emergency responders answered a 911 call to a home on the 1100 block of Lincoln Way in Auburn. A 1991 Lincoln Town Car had caught fire inside the garage. Resident Dennis Davies said he was in the shower when the alarm sounded and the sprinkler system was set off. He said he and his wife were both dialing 911 while he grabbed their three children and she helped his father get out the door. “We came out and we saw just a big plume of smoke coming out of the garage,” Davies said. “We got all of the kids and my dad out of the house and waited for the fire department.” Auburn City Fire engineer Lucas Rogers said when firefighters arrived the vehicle was “fully involved” but crews were able to stop the flames before they spread to the home. Rogers said engines from Placer County, Calfire and Newcastle fire departments responded as well as officers from the Auburn Police Department. Rogers said the vehicle was a total loss but the garage only had minor damage. “911 was called so early that we were able to contain the fire before it had a chance to do much damage,” Rogers said. Investigators had not determined the cause as of Friday, Rogers said. Davies said renter’s insurance will cover the burned game and stereo systems packed in boxes that were still in the garage. His 16-year-old son, however, had to say goodbye to the Lincoln Town Car, which he was fixing up so he could one day drive it. Davies said he doesn’t know how the fire started. Davies said that the family feels lucky that fire sprinklers and emergency responders helped save the rental home they just moved into about five days ago. “Everyone should have a sprinkler system in their home,” Davies said. “And the response was quick and the fire department was great.” Jenifer Gee can be reached at