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None hurt in Ceres house fire

CERES -- A two-alarm fire caused extensive damage to a home south of Roeding Park and displaced its occupants after flames from a wood pile spread to the house, the Ceres Fire Department said.

No injuries were reported from the Friday blaze.

Ceres Fire Capt. Jeff Serpa said Saturday afternoon the cause of the fire had not been determined. The wood pile behind the house caught fire and the flames spread to the home's attic, he said.

The fire was reported at 5:01 p.m., Serpa said, and the first firefighters arrived about five minutes later to find heavy flames and smoke coming from the back of the home in the 2800 block of Roswell Way just west of Mitchell Road. The home's occupants had made it out of the house safely. Serpa did not know how many there were.

He said firefighters cut holes in the roof to ventilate heat and smoke in hopes of saving the house.

It took about 45 minutes to control the fire, Serpa said. Firefighters from Modesto, Hughson and Stanislaus Consolidated fire agencies assisted. Serpa said most of the damage was in the attic, and the ceiling was destroyed. He said there was smoke and water damage throughout the house.

The fire caused an estimated $150,000 in damage to the house and $25,000 to its contents, Serpa said. He did not know whether the occupants were staying with relatives or whether Red Cross officials helped the occupants find a place to stay.

The fire did not damage other homes. The home was boarded up Saturday morning when firefighters returned to put out a smoldering spot inside, Serpa said.

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