HERCULES -- A Hercules man rescued an elderly man inside a home that caught fire and caused $100,000 in damages and left the residence uninhabitable Saturday, a fire official said.
No one was injured.
Firefighters responded to reports of a garage fire around 1:32 p.m. on the 2200 block of Lupine Road. When they arrived, the garage was engulfed in flames and the fire had extended well into the home, including the attic, said Battalion Chief Brian Lowry of the Rodeo Hercules Fire Protection District.
The eaves and roof of the house next door had also ignited from radiant heat, he said.
According to Lowry, before fire crews even arrived, an elderly man was rescued by a 29-year-old Hercules resident who was driving by when he saw the fire, forced his way through the front door, and found the man asleep in a back bedroom.
The name of the rescuer will be released by the Rodeo-Hercules Fire District on Monday, Lowry said.
The American Red Cross is providing temporary housing for two occupants.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but it is suspected to have started in the engine compartment of a 1999 Honda sedan parked in the garage.