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One firefighter has minor injury, and dogs are rescued, after house fire near Denair

Fire crews rescue dog after fire at farmhouse in Denair

A firefighter suffered minor injuries and family dogs were rescued in a fire at a farmhouse north of Denair, California, on Tuesday, July 23, 2019.
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A firefighter suffered minor injuries and family dogs were rescued in a fire at a farmhouse north of Denair, California, on Tuesday, July 23, 2019.

A firefighter suffered minor injuries and family dogs were rescued in a fire Tuesday at a farmhouse north of Denair.

It was reported at about 4:30 p.m. on the southeast corner of Sperry and Doerksen roads.

Details on the possible cause and the extent of damage to the two-story home were not available Wednesday. It sits amid almond orchards about halfway between Denair and Hughson.

The Denair Fire District led the response to the call, aided by several agencies from the surrounding area. One of them was the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District, which reported that one of its firefighters was injured when part of a ceiling fell.

“He is sore but will be back in the fight in a couple days,” said a Facebook post from Capt. Buck Condit, the district spokesman. The firefighter was treated at a Modesto hospital.

The same district helped rescue the pets from under the house.

“A firefighter located the dogs using a thermal imaging camera and helped coax them out by crawling under the house with them,” Condit said.

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.
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