Modesto apart­ment fire claims 2 dogs, dis­places res­i­dents

The Modesto Bee (Sunday) - - Local - BY MARIJKE ROW­LAND mrow­[email protected]­

Two fam­ily dogs per­ished in an apart­ment fire in cen­tral Modesto late Satur­day morn­ing.

The Modesto Fire depart­ment was called at about 11:15 a.m. for a struc­ture fire at Gar­den East Apart­ments, a mul­tiu­nit com­plex on the 1200 block of Nor­we­gian Av­enue. Call­ers to 911 said res­i­dents from the com­plex were try­ing to fight the blaze with fire ex­tin­guish­ers.

When crews ar­rived heavy smoke was vis­i­ble from one of the sin­glestory, four­plex apart­ments, said Modesto Fire Bat­tal­ion Chief Darin Jes­berg. Crews were able to keep the fire con­tained to a sin­gle apart­ment and it did not spread to the ad­join­ing apart­ments or the sur­round­ing four­plexes.

Jes­berg said when crews en­tered the apart­ment of ori­gin they found two de­ceased dogs. Modesto an­i­mal con­trol was called to re­move the fam­ily pets. No other in­juries were re­ported.

Six adults and two chil­dren were dis­placed from the four­plex. The apart­ment where the fire started is a to­tal loss, but Jes­berg said he did not have an es­ti­mate on the cost of dam­ages. Red Cross was called to help those af­fected by the fire. Fire­fight­ers car­ried out be­long­ing sal­vaged from the fire.

Crews from Modesto, Ceres and Stanis­laus fire de­part­ments re­sponded to the blaze. Jes­berg said fire in­ves­ti­ga­tors are on scene to de­ter­mine the cause, but it ap­pears ac­ci­den­tal in na­ture.

JOHN WEST­BERG jwest­[email protected]­

A fire­fighter sprays an apart­ment af­ter a fire at the Gar­den East Apart­ments in Modesto on Satur­day.

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