CLOVIS, Calif. (KSEE) — Two homes in Clovis were a complete loss after a fire ravaged through. The blaze started around 1:30 p.m. Thursday near 8th Street and Harvard Avenue.
The fire department says the damage is estimated at $700,000 and while firefighters couldn’t save the homes. They did save one of the homeowner’s most prized possessions.
Fire crews rescued two dogs– Fin and Otter, who were trapped in the blaze. Homeowner Jacob Gingold says his dogs will be okay.
“I’m a little shook up. I’m thankful everyone’s safe, I mean, that’s the important thing. Yeah, it’s definitely a bad way to start the summer, but we’re safe, so I’m thankful for that,” said Gingold.
Along with the dogs fire crews grabbed Gingold fiancé’s ring for their wedding in September.
Fire officials say the fire started in a shed next door. The blaze then spread to a house, a wooden fence, and to Gingold’s home.
Clovis fire only has 16 firefighters during the day and around 40 were needed for a fire this size so Fresno city and Fresno county crews helped extinguish the blaze.
“So we needed a lot of help from our neighboring partners so that is what we do in the central valley we help each other in the fire departments we have a great working relationship which is great,” said Clovis Fire Chief John Binaski.
Gingold and his fiancé are devastated about the blaze but grateful for the first responders.
“We have a great fire department taking care of things… I thank god it wasn’t worse.”
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.