Fire investigators are trying to determine what caused a blaze that damaged two homes and killed a dog in South Stockton early Saturday morning.
Stockton Fire Department crews were called to the 2300 block of South Lever Boulevard at 4:49 a.m., and found two homes in flames.
The fire had spread between the two homes through the front yards, according to reports.
Battalion Chief Lane Healy said a cause has not been determined but it is believed to have begun in one of the outré buildings in the rear of the property.
Healy said high-tension wires hanging in the rear of the buildings were arcing during the fire as well, and there was concern they would spread flames to other properties in the neighborhood.
“We also had crews stationed on Georgia Avenue, behind the homes at one point,” Healy said. “Because of the intensity of the fire, there was concern it would spread to that area.”
Crews had the blaze, which threatened a third home on South Lever Boulevard, under control in 40 minutes, Healy said.
Two homes suffered significant damage, and the third suffered minor damage.
Several families were evacuated from the homes and two dogs were saved. One dog died in the blaze, according to reports.
One firefighter also was transported to the University of California, Davis, Medical Center for treatment of burns suffered while fighting the blaze, Healy said.
He was expected to be released by Saturday evening.