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House fire injures one in Turlock
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Firefighters battle a blaze on Sunday night at a two-story home in the 1100 block of East Avenue. - photo by Photo courtesy of the Turlock Fire Department

A fire Sunday night at a two-story residence in Turlock sent one man to the hospital with burn injuries, the Turlock Fire Department reported.

The man, whose name was not released, sustained first-degree burns to his head and chest. He also may have had internal injuries, according to the fire department. He was rushed to an area hospital. An air ambulance was staged at the hospital in case the injuries proved to be more extensive, however, he was able to be treated locally.

The fire broke out shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday in the 1100 block of East Avenue.

The first firefighters to arrive found heavy smoke and flames coming from the second story windows.

The fire had also caused some high voltage power lines to arc and melt away from the utility pole. Because of the electrical hazard, a perimeter was established around the area to keep people away from the potential danger.

Firefighters made an offensive attack on the fire and were able to get it contained within an hour.

“Once the attack line and exposure lines were in operation, fire crews were able to make significant progress,” said Turlock Fire Chief Robert Talloni.

During the initial search of the area a firefighter found a kitten hiding underneath a nearby vehicle. The kitten was about eight to 10 weeks old and with a little coaxing the firefighter was able to get it out and gave it to a resident. The kitty was named Rose, in recognition of the proximity to Rose Street.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.