Sep 6, 2013 4:56 PM
Chico Fire engines responded to a structure fire on the 400 block of East 20th Street just before 12:30 a.m. this morning. When crews arrived, heavy smoke was coming from the attic and the eaves of the home. The resident, who was awake at the time of the fire, evacuated the home and called 911. Crews cut open the roof of the house for ventilation holes and firefighters also entered the home to take down the interior ceiling.
Inside the home firefighters located and saved two dachshund who were hiding underneath a bed. Marie Fickert with Chico Fire told Action News Now it is common for small animals to hide under beds and other places during a fire. Fickert also stated the crews not only saved the two dogs but also prevented the fire from burning the interior of the home. The damage to the structure of the home was estimated to be approximately $40,000 with an additional $1,000 in damages to the contents of the home.
Fickert also stated Chico Fire had a very busy late night and early morning, responding to five fires in total. Fickert said Chico Fire responded to several couch fires in the South Campus area, a large dumpster fire near a bar downtown, and a rubbish fire near Bruce Road and Highway 32.