FAIRFIELD, CA - Residents who live in the Fairfield community recently struck by fire were allowed back into their homes Wednesday.
Fire officials said 15 homes were damaged, five of which were destroyed and considered un-inhabitable.
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"All the back of the house is pretty much gone," said resident Jennifer Pamatz who lives on Marigold Street near where the fire started.
Pamatz said embers entered her home through vents in the attic and quickly spread. Her home is a total loss.
"Everything caught on fire. The firemen broke the garage open and they started getting the cars out," Pamatz said. "This is stuff you watch on the news you never think it's going to happen to you."
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Fairfield Fire Captain Bobby Silva said the fire started Tuesday afternoon on the eastbound side of Interstate 80 and jumped a sound wall separating homes from the freeway.
"You can see right now it's windy, and that's exactly what happened yesterday," Silva explained.
Flames reached 20 feet at times while the wind carried embers hundreds of yards, destroying the first two homes in its path within hours.
"My heart just goes out to my community," neighbor Alice Claiborne said.
Neighbors offered clothes food and water to the victims of the fire.
"Give to the people who have lost everything," Claiborne said.
Pamatz said while her home is gone, she is grateful no one in her family was injured, and she said they will rebuild.
"It's been really hard, but my mom has always taught us not to be too attached to the material things, they come and go," Pamatz said.
More than 200 firefighters responded to the blaze. Several firefighters stayed on scene throughout the night Tuesday and into the morning hours Wednesday monitoring hot spots. Fairfield police were also on scene helping to keep an eye on the homes impacted by the fire.