Neighbors help evacuate Casa de Oro family from burning home

Fire believed to have started in garage

CASA DE ORO, Calif. - Firefighters in Casa de Oro said they battled a house fire in the 4100 Block of Avoyer Place Thursday.

Crews said the blaze started at around 9:02 a.m. and upon arrival, flames were shooting several feet into the air, igniting a large tree in the front yard.

The Miguel Fire District in cooperation with CAL FIRE, and assistance from Heartland Fire, staged a swift attack on the blaze keeping it on the south half of the home. Although the garage roof did collapse, the crews said the fire was stopped, saving half the home from destruction.

No other homes in the area were damaged.

Residents of the home told investigators that the fire started in the garage and then quickly spread into the attic and part of the home.

With the screams of “fire,” the residents said they began to evacuate, and had to carry the elderly female homeowner to safety. Another neighbor entered the home and carried a young woman who was asleep in a back bedroom to safety.

Paramedics said two people were treated at the scene, one for a small gash to the forehead, the other for smoke inhalation, but both declined transport to a hospital.

No other injuries were reported.

Damage estimates on the home are believed to exceed more than $250,000

The homeowners said the fire also damaged a vehicle and a section of fence.

Crews said there was no indication from the residents that smoke alarms were installed or working.

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