Residents escape fire at house in east Modesto

10/16/2013 11:24 AM

10/16/2013 5:36 PM

A fire seriously damaged an east Modesto home early Wednesday, but fire officials said the two residents inside made it out of the house safely.

Several people called 911 about 2:47a.m. to report that the blaze was burning the single-story house in the 1300 block of Randy Avenue, just south of Orangeburg Avenue and east of Oakdale Road.

Firefighters from the Modesto Regional Fire Authority arrived at the home and found its front door and an adjacent bedroom engulfed in flames, said Division Chief Sean Slamon.

He said the firefighters searched the home to determine if residents were trapped inside and made an aggressive attack on the fire. The two residents had escaped the fire and were in the home’s backyard.

Both residents were examined by medics. Slamon said 18 firefighters brought the fire under control at 3:05a.m.

He said the blaze caused significant damage to the home’s front doorway, a bedroom and attic, while creating smoke damage that was evident through most of the home. Fire officials estimated the fire caused about $100,000 in structural damage and destroyed about $50,000 worth of belongings inside the home.

Red Cross officials were at the scene to help the displaced residents find a temporary place to stay. Investigators had not determined the cause of the fire.

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