Authorities are investigating a fire that killed a dog and caused $100,000 in damage to a north Modesto town house Monday evening.
According to Modesto Fire Department Battalion Chief Randy Anderson, firefighters were dispatched to the home in the 4000 block of Dale Road at 7:07 p.m. after several people called to report the fire.
Firefighters arrived within four minutes. They found heavy smoke and flames coming from both floors of the home.
“Crews did an aggressive offensive attack of the fire,” Anderson said in a news release. Two hose lines were deployed, one on the first floor and one on the second.
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The fire was contained to a single unit, sparing the other four that share the building, and firefighters controlled it in 39 minutes. They stayed on scene for four hours.
The American Red Cross was called to help the people displaced by the blaze. One dog died in the fire, Anderson said.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.