Two flee suspicious Christmas morning fire that burned vacant Merced home

26 December, 2017, 02:08 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
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The holidays tend to be a busy time of year for firefighters, Dennis said, because people are dealing with extra lights and candles in their homes.

Fire crews said dozens of people jumped out of windows, and one woman was seen hanging out of a window, when they arrived at the scene.

No injuries were associated with the fire but one person did get transported to the hospital for medical reasons.

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The fire started on the stove top where residents were cooking, he said. Upon entry, fire crews discovered the origin of the fire was in the knee wall area on the second floor and they were able to quickly extinguish the fire. The damage in the bar was mostly caused by water, he said.

All families have been relocated or are in a Red Cross Shelter located the First Baptist Church.

A man has died following a blaze in a Chester block of flats on Christmas Eve.

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The source of the fire remains under investigation. Bohn said his department also responded to a house filling with smoke after a furnace malfunction, and minor smoke damage was reported.

The Fire department is asking the public for help.

"I don't want to come back to a home that caught on fire", Fuentes said.

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