Fireworks Start Grassfire in Niños Parkway

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Image of fire burning trees behind close to homes.

Grassfire in Niños Parkway threatens homes adjacent to the greenbelt. / Photo courtesy @Susanco85

Fireworks started a fast-moving, two-alarm grassfire in South Natomas Thursday afternoon, Sacramento Fire Dept. investigators have confirmed.

Sacramento firefighters were called to a grassfire in the Niños Parkway near the 2800 block of Weise Way just before 4 p.m. on July 16.

“There were reports from some eyewitnesses saying they believed kids were playing with fireworks in that area and started the fire,” said Capt. Keith Wade, spokesperson for the Sacramento Fire Dept.

The fire spread quickly along the Niños Parkway and threatened several homes on the east side. The 1.3-mile greenbelt runs from San Juan Road south to Northfield Drive and is flanked by homes on both sides.

According to Wade, one structure on the 2800 block of Norcross Drive suffered damage to the exterior and attic as a result of the fire.

“The liveable space of the home was intact and OK for the most part but I was told there were some people probably have to be displaced due to the smoke damage — a family of five,” Wade said.

An estimated five acres and several trees burned during the fire. No injuries were reported, Wade said.

The fire investigation is ongoing and and anyone with information is urged to contact the Arson Tip Line at (916) 808-8732 or Crime Stoppers at (916) 443-HELP.

Image of bike trail with smoke on horizon.

Fast-moving, two-alarm grassfire in Niños Parkway threatened several homes. / Photo courtesy @Susanco85

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