Early morning fire destroys vacant Modesto house

04/30/2014 8:49 AM

04/30/2014 8:56 AM

A fire early Wednesday destroyed a vacant house in Modesto, authorities said.

According to Modesto Regional Fire Authority Battalion Chief Alan Ernst, firefighters were called to 1335 Hillside Drive at 5:20 a.m.

Firefighters from MRFA and Stanislaus Consolidated arrived to find a single-story house consumed in flames.

"Crews operated in a defensive mode, protecting the surrounding homes," Ernst said in a news release. Firefighters extinguished the blaze within 30 minutes.

A search of the home found it vacant. No injuries were reported; the cause is under investigation.

Damages were estimated at $75,000.

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