VALLEJO (KRON) — The fire is out but plenty of Vallejo residents are still hot about a fire that started in a homeless encampment and threatened a nearby subdivision.
KRON 4’s Scott Rates joined firefighters on the roofs of homes along Sonora Pass Road as they sprayed water on the houses and down onto flames approaching from nearby state property.
Investigators say it appears the blaze started in a homeless encampment located in the undeveloped property.
“I pay taxes,” homeowner Donna Gillies tells KRON 4 News. “All of these fire trucks, all of this emergency equipment is being used to fight a fire set by people who were living illegally in state property. It makes mad. I want my representatives to represent me too.”
Firefighters used ground crews and water drops from helicopters to extinguish the fire. Investigators say they saw tents, mattresses and other debris on fire from the homeless encampment.
At least six different fire trucks responded to the blaze including mutual aid from nearby cities. Authorities say the fire spread quickly through dry underbrush prompting the evacuations of several homes but no actual residences were damaged.
There are no confirmed reports of any injuries. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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