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'It was horrific' | 8 unit condo under construction engulfed by fire in Natomas

Residents in the surrounding area were evacuated, but have since been allowed back into their homes.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A terrifying fire engulfed an eight unit condo that was under construction and surrounded by numerous occupied homes Wednesday.

The fire happened near 5301 East Commerce Way and about 8 units under construction were affected by the fire, according to the Sacramento Fire Department. Residents in the surrounding area were evacuated, but have since been allowed back into their homes.

The fire was captured on video by neighbor Savan Patel and his wife as they fled the Artisan Square neighborhood along Commerce Way just after midnight Wednesday. Some building windows from across the street melted due to the heat from the flames.  

“It melted a broom, a plastic broom in the top master bedroom,” said a man named Frank, who was visiting family in the area.

The building under construction is a total loss after the fire, and the costs of damages to nearby homes are likely to run into the thousands. No one was hurt, but it was still a horrific sight for some.

"I sat down at around 12:15 to 12:20 a.m., you know, just to eat something and I heard all this noise and I thought it was raining and when I looked out the window it was actually embers hitting the roof and trees. Then I just saw this bright orange and I realized 'OK, something's on fire here.' I'm thinking first, fireworks? Then I just ran out to see and all you could see was bright orange — it just lit up the sky," said Zabrina Lockett, a resident in the area.

Numerous crews were cleaning, inspecting and investigating what exactly happened at the site. The fire left many in the area concerned and curious as to what the fire's cause was as officials continue their investigation.

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Watch: Frank Sabia describes trying to leave the area as the flames grew

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