‘You just hear screaming’: Fire rips through Modesto home, killing 2 and injuring 3

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MODESTO, Calif. (KTXL) — A Modesto neighborhood was left shaken after a house fire broke out Wednesday morning, killing​​​ two people and injuring three others, including two children. 

People in southwest Modesto woke up to find a neighbor’s house engulfed in flames and screams coming from the home. 

“I hear a big bam like a bomb or something,” said neighbor Eddie Solis.

“And she comes out, opens up the door, leaves it open, runs to the corner of her house to the other corner of her house, and then to the sidewalk of her house. And then she screams ‘help, help’ in Spanish, and she just keeps talking in Spanish, ‘Help, help,’” he continued.

Solis, who lives next door, said he saw a woman run back inside. 

“You just hear screaming, and then out of nowhere, you just hear her stop, like you hear nothing,” he explained.

Calls about the fire on El Sereno Street came in just after 7 a.m. Wednesday.

“Her husband pulls up, starts honking and goes in there trying to stop the fire,” Solis told FOX40.

Modesto Fire Chief Alan Ernst said the first firefighters arrived within five minutes. 

“We had active fire, active rescue,” Chief Ernst said. “We had reports of individuals trying to get out of a window, out of a door, and crews helped in that and assisted in that. We went inside, were able to rescue individuals from inside as well.

Fire officials said two adults were killed in the fire.

Two children were flown from the scene to medical burn centers. A third person was treated at the scene. 

Neighbors said a family lived in that home and would sell candies and treats to kids in the neighborhood.

“I don’t have nothing bad to say about them, they’re really good people and I just have prayers for family,” said neighbor Federico Parra.

Fire officials said the investigation into the deadly house fire is just beginning. They said it will be a long process before they can determine the cause.

This is a developing story.

Correction: This story has been updated to reflect that the age of the victim who was treated at the scene has not been reported.

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