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Water heater thought to be the cause of California house fire

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A water heater is thought to be the cause of a fire that cost $100,000 in damages to a home in Galt, California. According to local newspaper The Sacramento Bee, the fire began after 11 o'clock this past Monday night, with firefighters arriving to the scene just before 11:30.

According to fire officials, the two residents were able to safely evacuate the home before calling for help. One of the residents was woken up by the sounds of the fire happening, and ran to wake up his father.

The fire occurred on Sunset Drive, around the 400 block of the street. The fire started in the garage, eventually burning straight through the roof and into the home's attic. The cause of the fire is still officially under investigation, but officials have told the public that the fire began near the home's water heater. The faulty water heater is thought to be the reason, but it will have to be looked into further before firefighters make that call.

During a press conference on the fire, officials reminded the public to make sure that all major appliances are up to date and installed in their homes correctly, as well as making sure the smoke detectors in their home function properly. Smoke alarms, according to experts, increase your chance of surviving a fire by 50 percent.

As we have covered in this blog many times, it is important to make sure that your water heater is properly maintained. You do not want to be caught in a situation where a faulty system is responsible for starting a fire in your home. For any Arlington, VA water heater services, contact John C. Flood today.