Overnight fires damage home, business in Modesto

pguerra@modbee.comNovember 21, 2012 

Scene of an overnight house fire on Mount Vernon Drive in Modesto.

PATTY GUERRA — pguerra@modbee.com

— Modesto Regional Firefighters battled two blazes in quick succession overnight. Nobody was hurt in the fires, which did significant damage to a home and a business.

The first call came in at 12:19 a.m. at a home in the 1400 block of Mount Vernon drive, according to Battalion Chief Cecil Ridge.

Firefighters arrived within five minutes to find the front of the house fully engulfed in flames. All of the occupants had gotten out of the home safely, Ridge said.

It took firefighters 20 minutes to extinguish the fire, which was caused by a candle. Ridge placed damage estimates at $60,000, with $50,000 to the building and $10,000 to contents. The home had a smoke alarm, but it wasn’t functioning.

The American Red Cross responded to help the four adult occupants of the home with somewhere to stay.

The second fire call came in at 12:38 a.m. in the 200 block of West Hatch Road. An auto repair business went up in flames; firefighters also spent 20 minutes putting out the fire then another hour or so looking for hidden fires and smouldering embers.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Ridge said — the business owners closed up shop between 5 and 6 p.m. “and everything was fine.”

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