Firefighters battling a house fire in rural Napa County late Thursday night found themselves taking extra caution as gunpowder and ammunition was ignited by the blaze.
Authorities said the one-alarm fire erupted about 9:40 p.m. in the garage of a home located in the heavily wooded residential area near Mustang Road in the hills east of downtown Napa.
About 30 firefighters from both Napa County and Calfire responded to the blaze. Upon arrival, they found the front of the home engulfed with flames.
An elderly man who lived in the home had been awakened by the smoke alarm and a crackling noise, telling authorities he was able to race out of the home without any injuries. Fortunately, his bedroom was in the rear of the home away from the source of the fire.
However, his pet cat died in the blaze.
As firefighters began to battle the flames, small explosions erupted in the garage. Authorities said gunpowder and ammunition was stored there and was being ignited by the blaze.
The fiery blasts and nearby power lines slowed firefighters in their efforts and the fire was finally controlled at 11:19 p.m. No firefighters were injured by the blasts.
The home was completely gutted by the fire, but there were no estimates on the dollar amount of the damage. The fire remained under investigation.
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