A fire destroyed one home and partially damaged another in Mendota Sunday evening as the town's only fire engine was battling a vegetation fire in the county, a Fresno County Cal Fire official said.
The fire started at about 8:15 p.m. near Tule and 9th streets, across the street from Mendota Junior High School, and quickly spread toward nearby homes, fire Capt. Ryan Michaels said.
No one was believed to be living in the first home that was completely destroyed, but neighbors were evacuated from their homes as fire crews worked to prevent the blaze from spreading, Michaels said. No one was displaced by the fire, and one person was treated for smoke inhalation by emergency personnel.
Volunteer firefighters from the Firebaugh Fire Department were the first to respond, Michaels said.