At least seven people were displaced when a triplex caught fire in Escalon early Tuesday.
The fire started in a single attached unit in the back of the triplex that faces Franklin Street, but smoke damage made the two front units on Main Street temporarily unlivable, said Escalon Consolidated Fire Protection District Chief Rick Mello.
The unit facing Franklin was engulfed when crews arrived, and was a total loss after firefighters got it under control an hour later.
Mello said one person lived in the destroyed unit, but she was not home when the fire started about 1:45 a.m. He said PG&E recently cut power to the unit, but the tenant continued to live there. The cause of the fire has not been determined.
The American Red Cross said it is assisting six adults and one child with temporary lodging and food. Jeanne Barsby, a friend of one of the displaced people, Kristen Buerer, said Buerer has three children, but two were at their father's home Tuesday.
Barsby said Buerer has two sons, ages 10 and 14, and a 17-year-old daughter. Barsby is taking donations on Buerer's behalf through her nonprofit Non-Offending Parent Advocacy Inc., which can be reached at (888) 733-6672.