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Car Fire Spreads to Homes on E Street

Two houses were damaged, but no injuries were reported in the Wednesday-evening blaze that drew firefighters from multiple agencies to the 1600 block of E Street.

An E Street couple escaped their burning home after a car fire that destroyed the garage next door spread to their property in the 1600 block around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Power lines dangled overhead and neighbors lined the streets behind caution tape as firefighters from multiple agencies fought the blaze, chopping open the house's roof and smashing out window glass on the top floor to gain access to the flames.

Alphabet Streets resident Lauraine Forbyn said the fire began when a car exploded into flames while a man was working on it in the driveway. She said the sound made her think there was shooting in the neighborhood.

E Street was closed between California Boulevard and York Street. California Boulevard was also closed in the area of the fire. At least eight engines, a battalion chief and dozens of firefighters were at the scene.

Neighbors Izzamar Arias and her sister Vianney Arias captured dramatic photos of the beginning of the firefighters' assault on the blaze.

In Video: How Did the Fire Start?, firefighters attack the flames and Izzamar Arias describes what she saw.

For all our latest fire coverage, please see our Fire Watch topic page at napa.patch.com/topics/Fire-Watch.

Veronica April 27, 2012 at 08:56 PM
I haven't read the article in the Register but a friend who lives on F Street told me she thought the fire first ignited after a car ran into a power pole. Any word on this?
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) April 27, 2012 at 09:36 PM
No, neighbors told me and others that the car was stationary and was being worked on in the driveway when it ignited. One woman opined that the shade-tree mechanic had done "something stupid."

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