Tracy Fire Department division chief Andy Kellogg said a 6 and a 7-year-old were experimenting with a lighter in one of the bedrooms of the house at 120 Tioga Drive when a piece of paper accidentally caught fire and dropped on the bed.
Kellogg said the kids jumped out of the single-story bedroom window after the bed was aflame and ran back into the house to alert their parents. A family of six lived in the house, Kellogg said, and five people were home. Firefighters received the call at 6:13 p.m.
The fire destroyed the room and singed the attic a bit, with the rest of the house just suffering smoke damage. Kellogg said all five people — along with two dogs, a cat and a hamster — made it out of the house without injury.
There was little investigation, Kellogg said, because the children told firefighters what happened.
Kellogg said the house suffered roughly $50,000 in property damage and $25,000 in content loss, as everything inside the bedroom was burned.
The Red Cross provided the family with temporary housing and gave them food and clothing vouchers, Kellogg said.
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