CHICO — Smoke flowed over neighborhoods north of East Avenue as a fire destroyed a residence Thursday at Shady Acres Court in north Chico.
Firefighters with the Chico Fire Department went after the blaze using water hoses.
Division Chief Chris Zinko was the incident commander at the scene.
Zinko said there were two firefighters injured. An awning fell atop one who was taken to Enloe Medical Center with unknown injuries and another sustained a minor injury to his ankle.
The three residents who were in the building made it out safely.
Rachel Ditmanson, the owner of the home, was able to pack only a few items from her house as she and her family rushed out.
“I was just trying to grab pictures,” Ditmanson said. “It happened so fast.”
Ditmanson bought the house in 2013 and said it was the first home she’s owned by herself.
“I wish I would have grabbed more pictures,” Ditmanson said.
Her son, Derek Crowley was home sick from school and catching up on homework when the fire occurred.
“I was doing homework, and then saw a lot of smoke,” Crowley said. “My mom said the house was on fire.”
Lucas Harrigal, Ditmanson’s daughter’s boyfriend and a family friend, was at the house when the fire began and helped get their three dogs and cat out of the burning structure safely.
“I heard screaming,” Harrigal said. “From the minute I smelled the smoke to when it was burning was so quick. I was running for dear life and grabbing all the animals I could on the way out. I didn’t know what else to do because I didn’t want to risk being in there while it collapsed.”
Alamo Avenue was blocked off during the efforts to fight the fire.