Two hurt as fire hits Modesto garage

Two people suffered second-degree burns after a south Modesto garage in which they were sleeping caught fire early Thursday, authorities said.

Modesto firefighters were called to a house at 116 Barozzi Ave. at 6:40 a.m. When they arrived, they found a detached garage next to a vacant house in flames and a man and woman behind it, according to Dan Hinshaw, battalion chief for the Modesto Fire Department.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze in about 10 minutes.

The two occupants of the garage, a man in his late 40s and a woman in her mid-30s, were airlifted to the University of California Medical Center in Sacramento. They suffered burns to their hands, feet and face. Hinshaw said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

There was no power to the garage, ruling out an electrical cause. Hinshaw said the two occupants told investigators they weren't smoking or cooking.

He didn't believe the two had any ties to the property, and the garage wasn't converted into a living space. He said the contents included a car and wrought-iron fencing, among other items.

Four engines, one truck and a battalion chief tended to the fire. Damage was estimated at $20,000.