VIDEO: A woman died after an apartment fire in Citrus Heights Tuesday, according to the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District.
The fire happened along Fair Oaks Boulevard around 3:50 a.m. A woman was found in the apartment and taken to a hospital in critical condition where she later died, according to the fire district. The woman's identity has not been released. Eddie Ramos lives across the street at the Montage Apartments and said he couldn't believe what he saw.
“I looked out the window and saw that apartment starting to go up in flames. I ran over there and by the time I got there, it was already fully engulfed," Ramos said.
Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District Captain Parker Wilbourn said the fire happened when most people were asleep and crews were focused on preventing the fire from spreading.
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VIDEO: During an emergency, every second counts. For years, the National City Fire Department made those seconds count while making do with a lower-than-desired number of firefighters. The department says it responds to about 11,000 emergency calls per year. Many of those calls have been challenging, because historically, the department has only been able to assign three firefighters to an engine, instead of four.
Firefighter Chris Berry understands what that means very well.
“It definitely adds a little bit of stress to the scene,” Berry said. “You're kind of at a higher gear when you get to a scene of an emergency because you know that you're just going to be doing a little bit extra.”
The National Fire Prevention Association puts out policy guidelines for fire departments across the country.
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Two helicopter tankers used by Cal Fire – including one based at Napa County Airport – will leave the North Bay for the season this week amid a quiet summer for local wildfires, the state agency reported.
The helicopters being withdrawn by Cal Fire’s Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit on Thursday include a Boeing CH-47D Chinook, which is owned by Columbia Helicopters of Oregon and has been stationed at the Napa airport since June 15. Also leaving the area is a Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane, which is owned by Yuba City-based Siller Brothers and has been on call since July 1 at Sonoma Air Attack Base in Santa Rosa.
Together, the choppers have been sent to 102 vegetation fires this summer, including 54 fires for the Napa-based aircraft, Cal Fire said in a news release Tuesday.
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The Lake Merritt Rotary Nature Center in Oakland was damaged in a fire that is now under control, officials say.
The fire at 600 Bellvue Avenue was first reported Tuesday at 7:25 p.m., according to Oakland Fire Department. By 7:45 p.m. the fire was under control. No injuries were reported.
Officials said the fire was contained to the exterior walls and the roof of the building. 15% of those areas were damaged.
20 firefighters responded to the blaze.
"Firefighters were able to keep fire from entering the building," fire department spokesperson Michael Hunt said.
Firefighters remained at the scene Tuesday evening to conduct an overhaul and to check for hot spots. In addition, they were checking for smoke levels and water damage to the building's interior.
KTVU-TV FOX 2 Oakland