CHAPMANTOWN, Calif. – Nine residents escaped a house fire in Chapmantown Friday morning.
Chico Fire crews responded to the structure fire on Jackson St near Colorado St., just before 7:40 a.m., according to John Kelso, Chico Fire Battalion Chief. It took crews about 20 minutes to knock down the fire.
The home was not destroyed. Majority of the damage was isolated to the home’s exterior on the right side, there was also damage to the electrical and gas services. A home next door was damaged due to the heat from the fire, said Chief Kelso.
Neighbors, who called 911, said they heard explosions and believe it came from a propane tank beneath a barbecue. However, Chico Fire has not confirmed this as the cause and it is under investigation.
There were no injuries reported. Kelso said smoke detectors helped residents escape the fire.