A fire at a home outside Denair left one firefighter injured, but crews were able to reunite the family with their dogs after rescuing them from the home.
The fire happened around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at a two-story home in the 4500 block of Sperry Avenue.
The first crews from the Denair Fire Department arrived at the scene to find flames spreading quickly through the home. Additional resources from the Turlock, Turlock Rural, Keyes, Mountain View, Ceres, Modesto, Hughson and Stanislaus Consolidated fire department were summoned to help fight the blaze.
During fire suppression activities, the structure suffered a partial roof collapse, which injured one firefighter from Stanislaus Consolidated Fire. The firefighter was successfully evacuated from the structure and was transported to an area hospital, where he was evaluated and released.
“He was assisted out of the structure by the ‘two/out team’ to safety,” Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District spokesman Capt. Buck Condit wrote on their Facebook page. “He was seen at Kaiser Permanente Hospital and released. He is sore but will be back in the fight in a couple days.”
Crews were able to quickly bring the fire under control and with some time were able to induce the family dogs who had taken refuge in a space below the house to come out. Fire personnel also assisted with overhaul, removing photos and family keepsakes from the home.
“A firefighter located the dogs using a thermal imaging camera and helped coax them out by crawling under the house with them,” Condit said.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.