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The fire was extinguished quickly, leaving mostly smoke damage. (Click for larger image)

A Lago Drive home suffered smoke damage when a fire broke out at dinnertime Friday.

Firefighters were called at 5:20 p.m. to the home of Doug and Bonnie Burberry on Lago Drive just off Murieta Parkway. When the first firefighters arrived they saw smoke but no fire, officials said.

The Burberrys got out of the home with no injuries. Their cat, Oliver, is missing. He’s an indoor cat, black with white on his chest. It’s believed firefighters shooed him out of the house when they arrived.

It appeared the fire started in a closet where the home’s on-demand water heater is located, according to Christopher Vestal, public information officer for the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District. He said 10 pieces of equipment responded and the fire was extinguished quickly, doing little damage, but smoke spread throughout the home.

Vestal offered two public-service announcements:

  • Murietans shouldn’t drive through a fire scene. With fire trucks lining both sides of Lago Drive Friday evening, multiple neighbors drove through the line of trucks, posing a danger to firefighters trying to do their job, he said. Security addressed the situation by closing the street to traffic.
  • Always close internal doors at night; it will help stop the spread of fire. He suggested you get more information at closeyourdoor.org.

Beth Buderus's picture
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So sorry

So sorry for Bonnie & Doug, glad to hear they are ok and also have heard they did find their cat and he's ok too.  

Carole Cline's picture
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Smoke Damage

What a scary event, one with which we can all relate. Thank goodness Bonnie and Doug are okay, and I'm hoping Oliver made it out safely, as well.

Carol Anderson's picture
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Smoke Damage

Olle is fine - just smelled like smoke for a while.

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