FIRE DISPLACES FAMILY: Fire seriously damaged a west Modesto home and displaced a family Wednesday evening, Fire Department officials said. The family made it out of the home safely, and no injuries were reported. The fire was reported at 6:30 p.m., and firefighters were at the scene in five minutes, Modesto Fire Battalion Chief Dan Hinshaw said. He said heavy flames were coming out the front door and from the roof of the single-story house in the 2100 block of Bridger Drive, just north of Woodland Avenue and west of North Carpenter Road. Firefighters had the blaze under control at 6:50 p.m. and were busy extinguishing smoldering spots in the attic, Hinshaw said. The fire started in the kitchen, but the cause had not been determined, he said. The fire caused an estimated $150,000 in damage to the structure and $50,000 in damage to the contents, he said. Fire officials offered to call the Red Cross to help the displaced residents, but the family was going to stay with relatives.
NO CHARGES FILED: No auto theft charges were filed against Cornelia Denys, 52, of Escalon, the Modesto Police Department confirmed Wednesday. She was arrested May 6 on suspicion of auto theft, and her name and photograph appeared in The Bee's weekly column on people who are arrested on that charge.