December 1, 2012

No injuries reported in Gustine house fire

No one was hurt Friday night in a house fire reported on Brentwood Avenue in Gustine, according to Cal Fire/Merced County Fire Department.

The incident at the single family residence was reported at 7:19 p.m.

The occupants told firefighters a bag of popcorn caught fire in a microwave, sparking the blaze, according to Gabriel Santos, Cal Fire spokesman.

The fire extended into the kitchen area and then spread into the attic. Firefighters responded within four minutes and were able to quickly extinguish the fire.

Damage to the structure was estimated at $40,000.

Eleven firefighters, four engines and one rescue squad from Cal Fire and the City of Gustine responded to the fire.

-- Victor A. Patton

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