A family escaped injury after a two-alarm fire forced them to flee their home in the Wood Colony area of north Modesto about 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Clint Borba said he and his family were in their home on Beckwith Road near North Dakota Avenue when they heard a knocking sound outside.
When Borba went to check, he saw flames coming out of his garage. He said he frantically tried putting water on it while getting his wife and their 4-year-old daughter out of the house.
“It was too hot to even be close to it,” he said.
Firefighters from the Salida Fire Protection District, assisted by the Modesto Fire Department, Woodland Avenue Fire Protection District and Ripon Consolidated Fire District arrived and kept damage to the house at a minimum.
Salida fire Capt. John Alberti said there was “complete” damage to the garage and extensive smoke damage to the house.
He said he believed the fire started in the garage, but an investigator was working to determine the cause.
Borba said his wife is a photographer, and he credited the firefighters with saving photos and other items inside the home. All of their pets were fine, too, he said.
“Everyone is OK, and that’s all I care about now,” he said.