SACRAMENTO, CA - Five people were rescued from a fire Saturday morning.
Sacramento Metro Fire crews responded to the 8300 block of Carbide Court in south Sacramento around 7 a.m. after getting reports of black smoke coming out of a vacant building, Capt. Michelle Eidam said.
During previous inspections of the building, crews found that the sprinkler system didn't work and homeless people usually stayed inside. Eidam said more crews were called to the scene to help search and evacuate anyone in the building.
"By extensive pre-planning, responding crews received information unique to this building, specific hazard knowledge needed to initiate an effective plan," Metro Fire Battalion Chief Forrest Rowell said.
Firefighters found five people inside and were able to get them out safely. No one was injured in the fire, Eidam said.
Damage to the building was worth $5,000; fortunately, crews were able to save $250,000 worth of property.
The cause of the fire is unclear.