FAIRFIELD, CA - A Fairfield neighborhood is cleaning up and rebuilding after a grass fire destroyed five homes.
Last Tuesday afternoon, a grass fire ignited along Interstate 80 and spread to a Fairfield neighborhood along Marigold Drive. Fire officials said 15 homes were damaged, five of which were destroyed and considered un-inhabitable.
Burdette Shields said he was lucky that his house only had minor damage.
"You see how the heat discolored the window and it started coming apart," Shields explained.
It is still unclear how the fire started, and Fairfield firefighters said determining a cause may take some time.
"It may be on going for awhile," Fairfield Battalion Chief Bob Stoffel said. "We're looking at factors to see if we can even get a cause out of it."
Fairfield city leaders said they are still in the process of determining who was responsible for cutting the vegetation behind the homes on Marigold Drive. Firefighters said that vegetation helped the grass fire quickly spread.
"We know that we don't own the property and we don't have the responsibility for maintaining it," city spokesperson Gale Spears said.
Spears said the city is in the process of reviewing paper records that date back to the 70s to, hopefully, determine who is responsible for the property.
Donna Bishop said her parents Verna and Gene Gray's home of nearly 40 years was destroyed.
She said her parents along, with others in the community, were not allowed on the land because it was locked by the city.
"The hardest thing for my mom is she keeps hearing they are at fault because there is a spot of land they can't get to because the city chained it off," Bishop explained.
Fire officials said there was no timetable set to determine the cause of the fire.