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Turlock duplex goes up in flames
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A fire raged through a Turlock duplex on N. Soderquist, leaving seven people displaced. - photo by Photo contributed by Turlock Fire Department

A fire of undetermined origin destroyed a Turlock duplex Monday afternoon, leaving seven people displaced from their homes, according to the Turlock Fire Department.

Two of the duplex occupants sustained minor injuries from the incident and were treated at a local hospital. A small dog, also was injured in the incident and was taken by Turlock Animal Control Services for treatment, according to Turlock Battalion Chief Gary Carlson.

The fire broke out at 2:02 p.m. Monday at a duplex at 764 N. Soderquist Road. A fire crew was already in the area and was able to arrive at the scene within 30 seconds of the fire alarm being issued.

The first firefighters found heavy smoke and flames coming from one unit of the duplex. Several of the residents had fled from the duplex as the flames progressed through the structure, according to the fire department.

The fire was brought under control in about 15 minutes with complete overhaul lasting about two hours. A total of four engines and 15 firefighters responded to the blaze. The quick response to the blaze prevented the fire from spreading to neighboring homes.

"On the heels of a large structure fire last week, our fire department responded to this fire in less than a minute and were able to keep neighboring structures safe. I'm very proud of the professional and dedicated service that our firefighters continue to provide each and every day," said Turlock Mayor Gary Soiseth.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined and remains under investigation.

The duplex was considered a complete loss, with portions of it heavily damaged by the fire and smoke. The dollar loss was estimated at $30,000 by the fire department.

The local chapter of the American Red Cross assisted the residents with temporary housing. Seven people, including four children were displaced because of the fire.