Eight Units Damaged in Apartment Fire, One Resident Injured

Source: Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District  |  2016-11-03

Six engines, three trucks, and four medics were involved in caring for the injured resident, extinguishing the fire, protecting the adjacent units, and saving residents’ personal belongings.

Just after 1 pm on October 30th, Metro Fire crews responding to an apartment fire at 1251 Fulton Avenue in the Arden area found heavy black smoke coming from a second story apartment. The fire, which had started in a bathroom, had already spread to the attic and an adjoining apartment.

Bystanders reported multiple victims, so three additional medic units were requested while firefighters initiated fire attack and began searching for victims. Crews searched and evacuated the involved units, ventilated the structure, and kept the fire from spreading to other units. One female victim was located and transported to the hospital with moderate injuries; there were no other victims from the fire.

A coordinated fire attack allowed firefighters to contain the fire to the two upstairs units. Two additional apartments sustained smoke damage, while four more sustained water damage. Six engines, three trucks, and four medics were involved in caring for the injured resident, extinguishing the fire, protecting the adjacent units, and saving residents’ personal belongings.  The residents of all eight units will be displaced; Red Cross was requested to assist them. No firefighters were injured in the fire. Updated damage estimate is $75,000, with the cause of the fire still under investigation.

Our hearts go out to the resident injured in this fire, and to all the families displaced. Please take a few extra steps to lower the risk of fire hurting your family or destroying your home: test your smoke alarms, keep space heaters at least three feet from anything combustible, use flameless candles whenever possible, and always dispose of your fireplace ashes in a metal container.

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Metro Fire and the Sacramento Kings Celebrate Cancer Survivors

Source: Sacramento Metro Fire Department  |  2016-10-13

After meeting with the survivors, the Pink Engine and the Kings’ crew passed out pink Cancer Awareness items at Arden Fair Mall. Join Metro Fire’s Pink Engine at tonight’s Kings Game, the first home game in the new Golden 1 Center.

Metro Fire and the Sacramento Kings, partnering with Albie Aware Breast Cancer Foundation, tried to make the weekend of three breast cancer survivors a little brighter, and a lot “pinker”. Metro Fire’s Pink Cancer Awareness fire engine, and its crew, drove two Sacramento Kings Dancer’s, to the home of each survivor.  The Kings Dancers surprised the survivors with a bouquet of pink flowers, a bag of Kings Memorabilia, and tickets to today’s Pre-Season game. The three survivors, Laura Andrus, Teresa Partington, and Therese Shaw, along with their families, were able to take a lot of pictures with the engine, crew and dancers, and more importantly, tell their stories of survival.

After meeting with the survivors, the Pink Engine and the Kings’ crew passed out pink Cancer Awareness items at Arden Fair Mall. Join Metro Fire’s Pink Engine at tonight’s Kings Game, the first home game in the new Golden 1 Center. The crew and the engine will be available on display, so make sure to take plenty of pictures, then submit them to PinkEngine@metrofire.ca.gov to take part in the District’s photo contest.  For more information on Metro Fire’s Cancer Awareness Engine and the photo contest, visit our website at www.metrofire.ca.gov

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Cancer Awareness Engine Goes into Service

Source: Sacramento Metro Fire Department  |  2016-10-06

In support of every person affected by cancer, Metro Fire will be operating a Cancer Awareness engine for the third year. The engine will run out of five fire stations, one in each of our Battalions, during the month of October.

Most all of us have been touched by cancer in one way or another, by our own personal battle, or that of friends and loved ones. Firefighters are not exempt. Not only do we respond to the homes of cancer patients on a regular basis, but we’ve watched fellow firefighters lose their battles with cancer and we’ve rejoiced with those who have beaten it.

In support of every person affected by cancer, Metro Fire will be operating a Cancer Awareness engine for the third year. The engine will run out of five fire stations, one in each of our Battalions, during the month of October. The engine will start its month of service today at Station 24 (4942 College Oak Drive). The cost to wrap the fire engine was 100% donated by Vehicle Wraps, Inc. and Sacramento Area Firefighters Local 522.

Get your cameras out because this year we have added a photo contest!

The Contest:

  • During the month of October, 2016, we want the public to take pictures of the pink engine wherever they see it (other than in a fire station): on a fire, at a school teaching kids, with families at a park, saving an animal, etc…
  • Submit the picture, along with your name, and contact info to: PinkEngine@metrofire.ca.gov by November 4th, 2016.
  • All properly submitted photos will be evaluated and the ONE determined to best represent Metro Fire will be selected as the winner. The winner will be announced on or before November 14, 2016.

The Prize:

Become a Firefighter for a Day!*

The winner becomes an honorary member of the crew on a fire engine, doing what firefighters do on a daily basis: responding to 9-1-1 calls, assisting at community events, washing the fire engine, training, making dinner and eating with the crew, etc…Alternative accommodations will be made, if needed.

Full contest details can be found at www.metrofire.ca.gov.

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Get Notifications if Disaster Strikes

Source: Sacramento County  |  2016-09-29

With fire season upon us and winter months approaching, there is no better time to prepare for a disaster - events that often occur with little to no warning – by registering with the mass notification system at any one of the following three URL’s: Sacramento-Alert.org, Yolo-Alert.org or Placer-Alert.org.

Register now before a disaster hits, so public safety officials can call, text or email you in the event of a disaster.

Consider the state’s historic drought causing elevated wildfire danger, or winter storms and the many levees surrounding our urban core. Both events can occur rapidly, sometimes forcing evacuations, shelter in place orders and road closures. The regional mass notification system is a critical link for you to immediately learn of required actions.

Sign up for alerts at either Sacramento-Alert.org, Yolo-Alert.org or Placer-Alert.org - it’s easy and your information is protected. Officials will only text during an emergency or public safety event, or if public help is needed to find a missing child or adult.

The unique feature of the system is the ability to handle more than one contact method for residents including cell phones, alternate numbers, text, email and even landlines. You choose the best notification method or chose them all. You can also register multiple locations, such as your work address, your parent’s address or your children’s school, in order to get alerts about the places that mean the most to you.

For more information or to register alternate phone numbers or e-mail addresses, visit www.sacramento-alert.org, www.yolo-alert.org or www.placer-alert.org.

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Head-On Collision Kills Both Drivers on Watt Ave

Source: California Highway Patrol  |  2016-09-15

On September 11, 2016, at 9:55 p.m., a 50-year-old male from Sacramento, was driving a, black Chevrolet pick-up s/b on Watt Ave., north of Marconi Ave., at a high rate of speed in the #1 lane. A white Ford Explore driven by a 47-year-old male from Sacramento, was in the #1 lane northbound on Watt Ave. The Explorer had two other passengers in the vehicle all from the Sacramento area. The pick-up, per a witness, had a right rear tire go flat and the driver of the pick-up was unable to maintain control of his vehicle. The driver of the pick-up allowed the vehicle to cross over the raised median into the northbound lane of Watt Ave. The pick-up collided head on into the Explorer. The impact killed both drivers. The passengers of the Explorer suffered moderate to minor injuries and were transported for medical treatment.

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Detectives Seek Information on 36-Year-Old Double Homicide Cold Case

Source: Sacramento County Sheriff  |  2016-09-01

On Saturday, July 26, 1980, a married couple was brutally murdered in their home located in the 8100 block of Donnawood Way in Orangevale. The victims, John and Christoria Bilkei (66 and 69-years-old respectively), each died as a result of numerous stab wounds. The crime scene indicated there had been a violent physical struggle between the victims and the suspect(s) prior to their murder. Detectives also believe items of personal property were taken from the couple’s residence.

On behalf of the children and grandchildren of John and Christoria Bilkei the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department’s Cold Case Team is asking for the public’s help in solving this decades old case by identifying the suspect(s) who committed this senseless double murder thirty-six years ago.

Anyone with information regarding this cold case is urged to call Sheriff’s Homicide detectives at (916) 874-5057, or the Sheriff’s 24-hour non-emergency number at (916) 874-5115. Those who have information and wish to remain anonymous may call (916) 874-TIPS (8477). You may also leave an anonymous tip on the Sheriff’s website; just go to www.sacsheriff.com and click on “Cold Case” under “Tips and Alerts”.  Please reference Sacramento County Sheriff’s case number #80-54812.

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Wrong Way Driver and Passenger Die in Head-on Collision on Hwy 99

Source: California Highway Patrol  |  2016-09-01

On August 28th, 2016, at approximately 10:50 PM, a Honda Accord, being driven by a 21-year-old male, was driving the wrong way northbound in the southbound lanes of SR-99, and collided head-on with a Toyota Land Cruiser being driven by a 22-year-old male from Quincy, CA going southbound SR-99 just north of Elkhorn Blvd. The driver of the Toyota was transported to UC Davis Medical Center with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The male driver and male passenger of the Honda were pronounced deceased at the scene. Alcohol appears to be a contributing factor in this collision; however, the matter remains under investigation.

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