30 homes burn along I-5 | TheUnion.com

30 homes burn along I-5

STOCKTON ” Fires that ignited along Interstate 5 in Stockton on Tuesday swept through a neighborhood and torched 30 homes.

Stockton city spokeswoman Connie Cochran said seven homes, 20 condominiums and one triplex were damaged or destroyed.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries but quickly returned to the fire lines, she said. Paramedics were treating residents for smoke inhalation, but no one had been taken to a hospital.

There was no immediate cause for the four separate fires, which started in grass and brush along the interstate shortly before 11 a.m.

High wind spread the embers quickly, while thick smoke slowed freeway traffic.

The fires were driven by a north wind that had gusts up to 30 mph, said Jason Clapp, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

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