Fire displaces three residents from home in central Modesto; dog rescued

A fire late Tuesday afternoon displaced three people from a home just off Mt. Vernon Drive in Modesto.

It was reported at about 5 p.m. on the 2005 block of Girard Avenue, in a neighborhood east of Prescott Road. The Modesto Fire Department contained the blaze within an hour.

An initial report said someone was still inside when fire crews arrived, Battalion Chief Mike Shockey said at the scene. However, a search turned up no one. Firefighters did provide oxygen to a dog with smoke inhalation, he said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. An estimate of the damage, most of it in a bedroom, was not available.

John Holland covers breaking news and has been with The Modesto Bee since 2000. He has covered agriculture for the Bee and at newspapers in Sonora and Visalia. He was born and raised in San Francisco and has a journalism degree from UC Berkeley.