Eight adults and one child escaped injury in a fire at a home just north of downtown Modesto on Tuesday morning.
About 7:15, firefighters responded to reports from neighbors and passersby of a fire in the alley on the 300 block of Johnson Street, said Modesto Fire Department Battalion Chief Jesse Nicasio. The call quickly was upgraded to a working structure fire when first crews found a two-story residence on the property with fire and smoke showing on both floors, he said.
Ceres Fire and Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District also responded.
There were unconfirmed reports that all occupants were out of the 1,100-square-foot home, but firefighters searched both floors as they fought the blaze, Nicasio said. Crews were able to contain the fire before it did extensive damage throughout, he said.
Fire investigators determined the fire started on the exterior of the structure and spread inside. It entered the house through the kitchen, where it did extensive damage, Nicasio said, then lapped up the walls to a second-floor bathroom and started down a hallway. That's where firefighters were able to stop the spread, he said.
The house is a secondary residence on the property, Nicasio said. Red Cross was called to the scene to assist those displaced. Firefighters were able to save many belongings from the home.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Damage is estimated at $100,000.
The fire departments' response included four chief officers, five engine companies and a ladder truck. American Medical Response, Modesto Irrigation District and Pacific Gas & Electric also were on scene.