Man badly burned in Modesto house fire

Bee Staff ReportsMay 14, 2014 

A man suffered major burns escaping a house fire Tuesday night, authorities said.

According to Modesto Regional Fire Battalion Chief Hugo Patino, firefighters from Modesto and Ceres responded to a home on fire at 324 Glenn Ave. at 10:53 p.m. The house has a Modesto address but is close to Ceres.

When the first engine arrived, firefighters saw flames coming from the back of the building. They also found one of the residents from the home, an adult male, sitting at a market across the street. The man had been badly burned and was screaming in pain.

Paramedics and an ambulance crew treated the man and then took him to a local hospital. He later was transferred to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, which has a burn unit.

Initial reports indicated the man suffered first- and second-degree burns over 45 percent of his body, Patino said. That later was updated to more than 80 percent. Patino did not have information on his condition.

Firefighters controlled the blaze within 15 minutes.

“Two rooms were gutted and the rest of the house suffered heat and smoke damage,” Patino said in a news release.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Four other adult occupants were displaced. The American Red Cross provided emergency disaster assistance.

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