Eight people were displaced after a two-alarm fire ripped through a four-unit residential structure in Vallejo on New Year's morning.
Vallejo Fire Department Battalion Chief Kevin Brown said crews responded just after 5 a.m. Friday to the fire at 718 Indiana St. and knocked it down within an hour.
Mary Degreef woke up to the flames next door from her home.
"It was like an explosion," she said. "There was a loud crackle, then bam!"
Degreef said there is heat damage in the rear of the place she is staying from the blaze.
Officials said two units next door from Degreef were on fire. A woman and her baby made it out from a living space above the garage.
Degreef said she is grateful everyone is safe.
"You can replace a home, but you can't replace people's lives," she said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.