Fires displace families in Modesto

local@modbee.comMay 19, 2013 

— Eight people were displaced by two weekend house fires in Modesto. The Red Cross provided the families with temporary lodging and other assistance.

Modesto Regional Fire Authority Battalion Chief Cecil Ridge said the first blaze was reported at 7:35 p.m. Saturday in the 1800 block of Mount Hamilton Drive, just north of Kansas Avenue and west of Carpenter Road. Ridge said a second-story bedroom had caught fire.

Firefighters kept the blaze from spreading, but Ridge said the fire destroyed the bedroom and caused smoke and water damage to the two-story, single-family home. A husband and wife and their two adult children were displaced.

Ridge said an overloaded electrical outlet appears to have started the fire, which caused about $65,000 in damage to the structure and its contents.

The second fire was reported about 5 a.m. Sunday in the 400 block of Melrose Avenue, near Bodem and East Morris avenues.

Ridge said a converted garage of a duplex had caught fire. There was heavy smoke damage to the duplex's rear unit. Three adults and an infant were displaced.

Ridge said the fire's cause is under investigation. He estimated the damage to the structure and contents at $50,000.

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