A fire Thursday night seriously damaged a north Modesto home and displaced five residents who lived there.
The fire occurred shortly before 9 p.m. at the home in the 1800 block of Ellison Drive, a few blocks north of Briggsmore Avenue and west of Oakdale Road.
The first firefighters arrived at the home about six minutes after the fire was reported, according to Division Chief Sean Slamon of the Modesto Regional Fire Authority.
He said the firefighters spotted heavy smoke and flames on the side of the house, and the fire had engulfed the kitchen and dining room. The firefighters attacked the blaze through the garage and the kitchen door. They also established a defensive stance on the side of the house to stop the flames from spreading to a nearby home.
Slamon said the firefighters had the blaze under control in about 20 minutes. All five residents had made it out of the burning home safely. He said the firefighters searched the house and found a pet dog dead in a front bedroom.
Most of the fire damage occurred in the kitchen, dining room and living room. Slamon said the rest of the house sustained smoke damage.
Fire officials said the fire caused an estimated $100,000 in damage.
Slamon said the five residents complained of smoke inhalation and were examined by medics at the scene. Red Cross officials helped the displaced residents find a temporary place to stay.
Fire officials encourage all residents to get out of a house or building and call 911 immediately at the first sign of a fire.