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Backyard barbecue may have sparked Santa Rosa house fire

Dry winds fueled a fire that began near a barbecue on a Santa Rosa deck and caused about $75,000 in damage to the home, fire officials said.

Resident Phil Carlsen and his wife were eating dinner inside the Caber Court home at about 9 p.m. Saturday when they saw flames on the back deck, Battalion Chief Jack Piccinini said.

A dry wind "got the fire going quickly, and got it up into the roof and eaves," Piccinini said.

The fire's heat broke the glass of a sliding door. The fire spread inside, he said.

Fire engulfed the back deck and roof when firefighters arrived, Piccinini said. Flames spread to the living room and kitchen.

Crews brought hoses through the front door and bushed the fire back, then cut a hole in the roof to attack flames spreading through the attic.

Fire damaged the kitchen, family room, back deck and roof; however, it didn't reach other areas of the home, Piccinini said.

The fire's cause remained under investigation Sunday; however, it appears to have originated near the barbecue after it had been used to cook dinner, Piccinini said.


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