Flames and thick black smoke could be seen for miles along Highway 680 near San Ramon Saturday afternoon.
Julie Hall said she saw the smoke as she was walking her dog on this hot Saturday afternoon.
“I thought it was pretty close to our house," Hall said. “So when I got down here to the corner my husband and all my neighbors were out there and I rolled down my window and I asked is it our house and he said yes.”
The first 911 call was made at 4:30 p.m.
“When our crews arrived on scene we had two houses involved in fire. It appears to have started in the car port area in between the two houses," San Ramon Valley Fire official Lon Phares said.
There were at least two explosions connected to the fire, according to neighbors.
“I was in my living room watching T.V. and the whole house shook," Billy Wright said. “I ran into the back yard to look I was with my dog and another huge explosion goes off.”
The fire went to two alarms. It took 25 firefighters close to an hour to knock it down. In the end, the Hall home was destroyed and their neighbors home was damaged.