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Family escapes house fire

POSTED December 17, 2012 12:14 p.m.

Two children had to be treated for smoke inhalation after a fire swept through their Turlock home Sunday night.

The children – an 8-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl – were treated at the scene Sunday night after showing signs of smoke inhalation. They were then transported to Emanuel Medical Center where they were cleared and released, according to the Turlock Fire Department.

The fire was reported shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday at 230 Vermont Ave. The first firefighters to arrive found heavy smoke and flames pouring out of a second-story bedroom window.

All six occupants had escaped the burning home prior to the fire department’s arrival. The 10-year-old girl fled the home by crawling out a second-story window onto the roof and jumping into the arms of her stepfather on the ground below.

The first firefighters at the scene rescued the family’s puppy from the home.

The fire was brought under control in about 20 minutes. Four fire engines and 14 fire personnel were called to the scene. Crews remained at the scene for several hours making sure the fire had not spread to the attic or the roof.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. The flames caused heavy damage to the upstairs portion of the home and the structure was deemed uninhabitable. The Red Cross provided the family with temporary assistance and shelter. The estimated damage to the home and loss of contents was about $50,000.

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