(UPDATE- 3:45 p.m.) – Flames ripped through a San Joaquin home spreading to nearby homes on Monday morning.
Firefighters battled the blaze in near triple digit heat.
It happened on Oregon Avenue and Pine Street around 11 a.m. We’re learning the fire caused at least $100,000 in damage.
The fierce flames ignited the back a home first.
“I’ve never seen anything like that, never,” said Jacqueline Lopez who tried to put the flames out with a hose.
“The first thing I did was I asked her, ‘What do you want to take out? ‘What do you want from the house?’ ‘Nothing.’ She was panicking.'”
Lopez is talking about her aunt who lives right next door to where the fire started.
“I got her water hose and I started throwing it up on top and the corner started to catch fire but as I was wetting it, it was starting to calm down,” Lopez explained.
She says the flames were so hot from the growing fire that she had to douse herself with water while trying to save her aunt’s place.
“Just to stand the heat because everything was just blazing,” Lopez said.
Her aunt’s attic ended up catching fire. And in the backyard of where it all started…
“There were multiple shed type buildings in the backyard. One of those was occupied, being used as some sort of residence, those were fully involved,” said Battalion Chief Roger Raines of Fresno County Fire Protection Agency.
“Everything caught fire. It was the whole backyard. It was so scary,” Lopez added.
The blaze extended to the other neighbor’s trees and power pole.
Twelve people are displaced between the homes and sheds.
“I only had time to get my children out and they didn’t let me go back in,” said Dayana Estrada who lives in the home where it started.
Fire officials say the cause of the fire is under investigation.
(11:15 a.m.) –
Firefighters are on the scene of a residential structure fire at Oregon and Pine St in the city San Joaquin.
The fire started around 11:00 a.m. Monday morning.
There are reports of multiple structures burning.