Cause of incident under investigation
A fire destroyed several rooms of a house in the 13000 block of Road 29 near its intersection with Avenue 13 1/2 Thursday morning, and displaced six or more residents, according to the Madera County Fire Department. No injuries were reported. The cause remained a mystery Thursday night.
City of Madera Battalion Chief James Forga said no one was home when the fire started, and residents told investigators they had just left the house shortly before the fire broke out.
“A neighbor saw a flicker of light in one of the bedrooms and reported it to 911 about 11:30 a.m.,” Forga said. “It’s suspicious in nature and still under investigation. Heating and electrical have been ruled out (as causes). The front living room and front bedroom and its contents were destroyed, and the rest of the house sustained significant smoke damage.” The fire spread quickly in the bedroom’s furniture and contents, and the house is now not habitable, he said.
“We had smoke and flames showing from the front bedroom on arrival,” Forga said. “When the second engine arrived ... the crews made an aggressive interior attack, located the fire and extinguished it. They also pulled the ceilings to check for fire extension into the walls and attic. But they stopped it before the fire had the chance to spread. It was a good stop on the fire, and minimized the damage to the remaining contents and structure.”...