A raging blaze sparked shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday rapidly devoured the top floor a two-story home in Oakhurst, and two brothers were able to escape the flames.
The fire, likely caused by a chimney fire on its second floor, began at the home located on Pine Ridge Road near an intersection with Pine Ridge Way. It was quickly responded to by Cal Fire Engine 12 of Oakhurst, as well as 8, 4255, 4275, 4254, and 4294 of Coarsegold, North Fork, Ahwahnee, and Bass Lake, along with water tenders and other support.
Firefighters contained the inferno around 11:25 a.m. Cal Fire spokeswoman Jaime Williams said it’s estimated to take about two hours to have the fire completely controlled.
Two brothers who live in the home, ages 24 and 22, were asked not to be named until they spoke with their father, who also resides there.
“I was downstairs when I smelled something and saw the smoke,” said the older brother, whose younger brother is autistic. “As soon as I saw it, I called 911, and we got out of there as fast as we could.
“That’s my room burning up,” he added as he watched the flames. “All my possessions, gone.”
“The minute I knew a house was on fire I knew I had to run out there,” said Chris Kalamafoni, who lives about a block from the house. “We needed to help and knew we had to do whatever we could. It’s crazy to see this.”
Further information on the blaze was not available as Cal Fire and the Madera County Fire Department continued to investigate the fire’s cause and damages to the home.