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Garage fire displaces six in Turlock
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The quick actions of a neighbor kept a blaze from spreading from a garage into a Turlock home Saturday afternoon, the Turlock Fire Department reported.

The garage fire at 1825 Joett Drive was reported to the fire department around 4:14 p.m. Saturday and was brought under control within five minutes of the firefighters’ arrival.

The fire first ignited inside the attached garage near the entry door to the interior of the house, according to the fire department.

A neighbor noticed smoke pouring out of the garage and quickly notified the residents and called 911.

One of the occupants of the home tried to douse the fire before leaving the home. Fire fighters made entry into the garage with a hose line and quickly extinguished the small, but growing fire.

The fire was deemed accidental, but the exact cause is still unknown.

The fire department credited the neighbor’s early notification as the reason the fire was contained to the garage.

Four engine companies and a total of 13 personnel responded to the fire.

The estimated dollar loss from the fire was put at $4,000 for the structure and $1,000 for the contents, according to the fire department.

Because of some structural damage, the six occupants living at the home were given temporary housing from the American Red Cross until repairs can be completed.

Earlier that afternoon the fire department and the Red Cross had partnered together on a campaign to increase fire safety in Turlock. Under the Home Fire Preparedness campaign the two agencies, along with volunteers, visited 56 homes on South Avenue, between Lander Avenue and S. Soderquist Road. The teams installed 88 smoke detectors and replaced the batteries in 68 devices. The teams also helped individuals develop fire escape plans and practiced fire drills with them.