By Corey Pride - email@example.com
A fight between homeless people resulted in a two-alarm fire at a vacant home Wednesday, according to Los Banos Fire Chief Chet Guintini.Guintini said at 8 a.m. his department was called to an abandoned residence on the 800 block of E Street. As firefighters arrived flames were shooting out of the windows of the 1,800 square foot structure, causing a second alarm to be called.No one was injured in the fire.
The blaze destroyed the home's roof. Guintini said the fire started following a disagreement. "We found out there were some homeless inside the structure who had a dispute," he said. Firefighters are investigating whether the blaze was an accident or arson.The Los Banos Fire Department had four engines, two command vehicles and an air unit respond to the scene. A Merced County Engine also assisted in battling the fire. Thus far, no arrests have been made.The fire was not the first at the home, Guintini said. He said in 2011 a shed in back of the building burned down and homeless people are believed to have caused that blaze as well.
Reporter Corey Pride can be reached at (209) 388-6563 or firstname.lastname@example.org.