Three Ballico residents lost their home Wednesday after fire gutted the structure in the 11000 block of Newport Road.
No one was injured.
More than a dozen California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection-Merced County firefighters responded to the blaze at 9:47 a.m. and arrived about five minutes later to find the 1,000-square-foot home “fully involved,” Capt. Jeremy Rahn reported.
The cause of the fire was still under investigation Wednesday afternoon.
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“It does not appear suspicious at this time,” Rahn said.
Three adults lived in the house but were not home when flames broke out. Neighbors spotted the flames and contacted emergency responders, according to Cal Fire.
“The Red Cross is providing all three with assistance,” Rahn said.
Rahn called the structure a total loss and put an initial damage estimate around $100,000. It was not clear if the homeowner had any fire insurance.
Initial efforts to extinguish the blaze were hampered by several fallen live power lines. It was not clear if there was a connection between the downed lines and the cause of the fire.
Two other homes were briefly threatened by the flames, but firefighters were able to prevent any damage to those structures, Rahn said.
Firefighters responded with four fire engines and two water tenders. They remained on scene until about 2:30 p.m.