Firefighters were called to the fire at 883 Twin Oaks Drive just after 11 a.m. As they approached the Edgewood subdivision with four engines and a ladder truck, fire officials said they could see a huge plume of black smoke from Tracy Boulevard.
The initial call came in for three people who were trapped inside a house that was on fire. As firefighters arrived, they met a Tracy police officer standing outside the front of the house with the occupants, a woman and her two girls, ages 5 and 3, who were still in their pajamas.
Capt. Tom Hemmingson, whose team was the first to arrive, said large flames and smoke could be seen pouring out the front door and window of the single-family house. He said it was so thick firefighters initially couldn’t tell whether the house was a single or two-story, and flames could be seen licking the ceiling of the living room and entrance.
“It was going pretty good before we got here,” Hemmingson said
Teams of firefighters attacked the fire with hoses, as a ladder crew cut ventilation holes in the roof over the living room, where the fire originated, Division Chief Dave Bramell said.
The fire was under control within 25 minutes and contained to the living room and adjacent kitchen. However, there was heavy smoke damage throughout the house, Bramell said, though the family’s car and belongings inside the garage were untouched.
As firefighters combed through the living room for a cause of the fire, charred Christmas lights were barely recognizable hanging from the front eaves.
The father of the family arrived at the house a short time after the fire was extinguished, as did the homeowners. The family in the house also had an 11-year-old daughter who was at school when the fire happened.
The family renting the house was assisted by an American Red Cross team for temporary shelter, and damage was estimated to be around $115,000 with no injuries reported.
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• This story was corrected to read that the family living in the Twin Oaks Drive home has five members, including three daughters.