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Arson suspected in Arden-Arcade house fire

SACRAMENTO- The Sacramento Metro Fire Department is investigating a house fire on Whitney Ave. that firefighters suspect was started by arson.

Bat. Chief Steve Turner said firefighters were called to the home in the Arden-Arcade area  just after 3:30 a.m. on Thursday.  Upon arrival, crews reported the single-story home was fully involved.

Requested backup arrived shortly thereafter to help battle the blaze and prevent it from spreading to adjacent properties. 

Assistance was also requested from the California Highway Patrol who provided traffic control on Whitney Ave. during containment efforts.

After extinguishing the fire, crews performed two searches of the property and found nobody inside. 

A hero's welcome set Thursday for Staff Sgt. Sky R. Mote

A hero's welcome set Thursday for Staff Sgt. Sky R. Mote

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Defense announced the death of Staff Sgt. Sky R. Mote of El Dorado.

Mote, 27, was killed Aug. 10 during combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion out of Camp Pendleton, California, and served in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Thursday this fallen hero is coming home, and his family could use your support.

A Hero's Welcome is scheduled at McClellan Air Force Base on Thursday, August 16 at 4:30 at Hanger 3.

Child's death raises awareness about window blind safety

SACRAMENTO, CA - Monday, an east Sacramento a 3-year-old was strangled when she became entangled in a window blind cord.

STORY: East Sac 3 year old dies in mini-blind accident

It's not that uncommon. Niko King knows the dangers as Assistant Fire Chief of the Sacramento Fire Department and as a dad.

"It always crosses my mind cause I am in the business and I belong to a group called Safe Kids Coalition that talks about these types of accidents that happen in our homes," said King.

Window blinds are part of a long list of things that require child-proofing.

"The goal is to keep them up high, and to keep them out of their reach, and to keep them away from their beds and there are devices they sell that will accomplish all that, " said King.

Do you smell and see smoke?

JOICE ISLAND, CA - Residents in the Sacramento area were seeing and smelling smoke Monday evening. Fire officials said the causewas a 20-acre vegetation fire burning at Joice Island in Solano County.

Suisun Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Sean Wink said the fire burned 20 acres of moss and tule. The burning  vegetation created smoke in the surrounding area, which traveled to Sacramento area skies.

The fire was on a private duck club on Joice Island, near the Grizzly Island Wildlife area.

The fire was contained, but firefighters will be mopping up until midnight, Wink said.

HEALTH ALERT:

If you have respiratory issues, please don't go outside and make sure all your windows are sealed.

We know it's hot outside, but use fans as an alternative to your air conditioning

If you experience labored breathing, seek medical attention.

Report: Sacramento not prepared for growing retiree health costs

By Corey Johnson, California Watch

SACRAMENTO -- Most major California cities are failing to address the growing health care costs of government retirees, which have ballooned to more than $1 billion in some areas and soon could threaten municipalities' ability to pay other expenses, according to a recent financial analysis by a nonprofit research group.

Eleven of 20 California cities with the biggest budgets do not set aside funds for future health care costs, the study by California Common Sense found.

Those cities - San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento, Redding, Santa Ana, Long Beach, Glendale, Fresno, Riverside, Pasadena and Santa Monica - work under pay-as-you-go systems, meaning they pay benefits from their current operating budgets and do not accumulate funds for future payments.

Hot weather brings power conservation call

Hot weather brings power conservation call

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Managers of California's electrical grid have issued a statewide call for power conservation due to an intensifying heat wave.

The California Independent System Operator says a so-called "Flex Alert" is being declared for Friday through Sunday, but conservation will also be helpful during Thursday afternoon's peak hours when air conditioners drive energy consumption.

Valleys and inland areas have been sweltering in triple-digit highs all week under the influence of strong high pressure over the southwestern U.S. Forecasters say the heat combined with rising humidity will continue through the weekend.

The heat is on as the San Onofre nuclear plant remains offline due to problems with its steam generators.

The "Flex Alert" is intended to prevent operating reserves from falling to the point that a Stage 1 Emergency occurs.

Toad Suck, Arkansas most unfortunate town names

SACRAMENTO, CA. - How would you like to live in a town named "Toad Suck?"

Worse yet, how would you like to know your town is named after people who suck down so much beer, they blow up like toads?

A new poll across seven English-speaking countries is awarding Toad Suck, Arkansas, the honor of having the "most unfortunate" town name in the U.S.

Toad Suck, an unincorporated community in Perry County, took top dishonors, edged out Climax, Georgia, Boring, Oregon, even Belchertown, Mass!

The poll was conducted by the genealogy site, Find My Past, and polled respondents in the U.S. U.K., Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

According to pollsters, some descendants are upset their relatives came from a place called Toad Suck, Roachtown or Monkey's Eyebrow.