Firefighters were able to save a Fresno family’s belongings during a Saturday afternoon blaze at their home, though damage to the residence has left it unlivable.
Fresno Fire Battalion Chief Randy Reitz said when the first crew arrived at 4:37 p.m., five minutes after being dispatched to the 3800 block of East Thomas Avenue, a salvage operation got under way.
Firefighters gathered household items and laid a tarp over them before they turned to knocking through the ceiling to get to flames in the attic. That unleashed a torrent of smoke into the 1,000-square-foot home.
With the heat becoming an even greater threat to the wooden structure, a second alarm was called to ensure there were enough firefighters on the scene to save as much of the house as possible.
There were no reported injuries to the six family members living there or to the fire crews. It was not clear if the house can be repaired
Attic fires commonly are triggered by electrical issues, Reitz said, but the cause remains under investigation.