Three families living in a two-story house converted into a triplex in Ceres were displaced Friday after flames gutted the second floor, fire officials said. No injuries were reported.
The fire occurred about 11:45 a.m. at the home on Roeding Road near South Seventh Street.
The first firefighters to arrive found flames coming from the second floor, but all the residents had made it out safely, said Ceres Fire Battalion Chief Bryan Hunt. The firefighters initially put out the blaze, but burning debris in an air duct reignited the flames.
He said six people were living in the house, which had been separated into two studio apartments on the second floor and a third residence on the first floor. Red Cross officials were helping the families find a place to stay.
The fire caused an estimated $150,000 in damage.
The fire's cause and origin had not been determined, Hunt said, but the fire was not suspicious and appeared to be accidental.