GUSTINE - A fire late Saturday night destroyed a small home in Gustine, officials reported.
Xavier Lugo, fire apparatus engineer for Merced County/Cal Fire, said the fire was reported shortly before 11 a.m. by a neighbor.
Firefighters arrived to find the structure, located to the rear of a main house in the 500 block of Sixth Street, fully engulfed in flames, Lugo told Mattos Newspapers.
He said firefighters were able to knock down the flames down in about 10 minutes and prevent the blaze from spreading to nearby structures which were threatened.
About 15 firefighters responded to the incident, he said. The Gustine Volunteer Fire Department and Merced County/Cal Fire resources from Gustine, Santa Nella and Stevinson responded.
Firefighters were on the scene for over two hours.
Nobody was at home at the time of the fire, Lugo said.
He said the dwelling was a total loss, and estimated damage at $120,000 to $130,000.
The cause remains under investigation, he said Monday.
West Side weather
Newman resident Marge Carvalho, an observer for the National Weather Service, reported the following high/low temperatures and rainfall amounts for last week. Readings for the previous 24-hour period are taken at 5 p.m. daily.
Monday, Nov. 26: 71/42
Tuesday, Nov. 27: 63/45
Wednesday, Nov. 28: 60/55, with .90 inches of rain
Thursday, Nov. 29: 60/53, with 1.00 inch of rain
Friday, Nov. 30: 65/47, with .02 inches of rain
Saturday, Dec. 1: 59/40, with .16 inches of rain
Sunday, Dec. 2: 60/36, with a trace of rain