“It was a hot, stubborn difficult fire.”
That's how Division Chief Ken Johnson described the scene of an early morning house fire in Stockton. At least two people have been confirmed dead and another victim was transported to an area hospital. The severity of that person's injuries is unknown at this time.
The fire broke out in a Victorian home near the intersection of Vine and Madison Streets just before 4 a.m. Friday. Upon arrival, Johnson said fire crews found one person on the first floor. That person alerted crews there were more people inside the building.
Johnson said he expects crews to be on the scene for a long time while they investigate the cause of the fire. Officials have asked commuters to use an alternative route as both streets will be closed while crews manage the scene.
Johnson noted this was a particularly difficult fire to fight because of the building's construction, which made it difficult for them to get water to the, "seat of the fire."
"The fire went rapidly from the first floor to the attic spaces where they encountered tongue-in-groove ceiling," Johnson said, adding that particular style made it difficult to wade through and extinguish the fire.
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