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Fire displaces nine Turlock residents

Fire displaces nine Turlock residents

A fire that ignited in the attic of a Turlock home on Grant Avenue was kept from spreading through the majority of the house, but the damage did cause nine residents to be displaced.

POSTED March 6, 2018 5:58 p.m.

An attic fire of unknown origin caused damage to a Turlock home and left nine people displaced, the Turlock Fire Department reported.

The fire was discovered shortly before 5 a.m. Saturday at a home in the 500 block of Grant Avenue.

The first firefighters to arrive at the home found a moderate amount of smoke billowing from the roof vents, said Turlock Fire spokesman Capt. Kevin Tidwell. The incident was upgraded to a working structure fire, which brought out additional engines and resources.

Firefighters entered the home and found the fire burning in the attic, but had not yet spread to the living area. The crews began putting out the fire, while also trying to salvage personal belongings and furniture.

“Turlock City Firefighters also performed vertical ventilation simultaneously to assist with locating, confining and extinguishing the fire,” Tidwell said.

All nine residents of the home had escaped the fire safely and were uninjured. The Red Cross was assisting with shelter for the nine.

The Turlock Fire Department responded to the incident with three engine companies, Squad 32, a battalion chief, and the fire chief. The Ceres Fire Department responded with one engine and a battalion chief as part of a resource sharing agreement.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Anyone with information about the fire is asked to contact Fire Marshal Mark Gomez at 669-2119.

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