Two men and a 6 year old boy suffer minor to serious burns
On Tuesday evening, just after 9pm, the Folsom Fire Department responded to a one alarm fire initially dispatched as a structure fire in the 100 block of Briarcliff Drive.
When they arrived on the scene, they encountered a vehicle fully engulfed in fire. The fire had ignited a large wooden fence and a 30 foot mature tree. Firefighters quickly extinguished the flames and were directed to two homes, where they found three inured people.
Paramedics found a male adult suffering moderate to severe burns to his arms and chest, a second male with minor burns to his face and hands, as well as a six year old male suffering moderate to severe burns. None of the injuries appear to be life threatening. All three were transported by paramedics.
Investigators determined the two adults had been removing the gas tank from an older model Dodge Ram sport utility when for unknown reasons a fire ignited. The fire caused an explosion which engulfed the surrounding landscape. Fire investigators are investigating the scene to determine the exact cause and origin of the fire. No adjacent structures were damaged.
The one alarm fire involved two engines, one truck, and three ambulances, as well as several police officers for vehicle and crowd control.
The Folsom Fire Department reminds residents that any activities involving flammable liquid, fumes, and/or materials poses greater hazard when the weather is hot and dry. Please take all due precautions when conducting such activities, for safety’s sake.