CITRUS HEIGHTS, Calif. – Fifteen adults and two children are without a home following a 2-alarm fire at a Citrus Heights apartment complex Tuesday morning.
Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District spokesperson Michelle Eidam said crews responded to the Autumn Ridge Apartment Complex on the 6500 block of Shadow Ln. shortly after 2 a.m.
Arriving units found black smoke and flames coming from multiple apartments, as well as from the breezeway housing the stairs of the two-story building.
Firefighters immediately searched the building, climbing through windows of each unit. One man, two dogs, three cats, one bird and a hamster were all rescued, Eidam said.
A team of sixty firefighters eventually contained the fire but not before seven apartments were heavily damaged. Total damage to the complex was estimated at $1 million, Eidam detailed.
Two residents and a firefighter were taken to an area hospital with undisclosed injuries.
The Red Cross was requested to assist the 15 adults and two children displaced in the fire, according to Eidam.
Arson investigators were called to the scene to investigate the cause of the blaze.