TURLOCK — An alert neighbor kept a fire at a home in east Turlock on Sunday evening from becoming much worse, authorities said.
According to the Turlock Fire Department, crews were dispatched to a house in the 2000 block of Jackson Court at 7:32 p.m. after a neighbor in the yard behind the home smelled smoke and saw flames.
Firefighters immediately attacked the fire from inside, knocking holes in the roof to ventilate. The trapped, heated gases then exploded, so crews fought the fire from outside and from a ladder truck.
It took firefighters an hour to contain the fire and nearly two hours to put it out completely. They also kept the fire from spreading to a neighboring house. Nobody was injured; neighbors said the resident was out of town visiting relatives.
Officials said Monday that the fire appeared to start in the attic; its cause was under investigation. Damages were estimated at $100,000 to the structure and $50,000 to contents.