The homeowner who lost everything after fire ripped through an Aberdeen Lane house mid-Sunday morning has been identified as Chris Bryan, who lived at the residence with his wife and two boys.
At about 10:12 a.m. firefighters responded to a call at 2790 Aberdeen Lane and found the two-story home fully involved and a patch of land to the east of the home smoldering. “There was pretty much flame coming out of every window,” said El Dorado Hills Fire Chief Dave Roberts.
Neighbor Bob Djifroudi watched as his neighbors’ home burned and said he hadn’t seen the family, who moved in last year, all weekend. They did have a black and white cat; its fate is unknown.
The home was so far gone when firefighters arrived that they did not attempt to enter, instead taking a defensive position to ensure nearby homes and more wildland did not catch fire, Roberts said.
“We did not want to put anybody in harm’s way for a house that’s already basically destroyed,” he explained.
A white Toyota 4Runner was parked in the garage and is now buried under the collapsed roof; an adult’s dirt bike, a child’s dirt bike and a stroller were in the driveway, possibly pulled out by firefighters.
Djifroudi said joggers alerted he and his wife to the fire just before 10 a.m. With embers going everywhere there was concern for Djifroudi’s home but after about an hour of aggressive water dousing the homeowner said he was “feeling a lot better.” “It looks under control,” Djifroudi said as he watched water pour into the burning home from a ladder above it and from firefighter’s hoses on the ground. “What ever happens to us is nothing compared to what has happened to them.”
Engines 87, 385, 86, 85 and 285, along with tactical vehicle 85, medic 85 and support vehicle 85 responded to the blaze. Most of the heavy flames were doused within an hour but Division Chief Brad Ballenger said he expected crews to stay out there for while. “We’re going to have a lot of hidden fires because there is so much stuff under the fallen debris,” he explained.
The cause fo the fire is unknown at this time. “We won’t know anything until we can get in,” said Wally Jukes, and EDH Fire Department fire prevention specialist.