STOCKTON, Calif. (KTXL) — Debris and charred remains of several homes can be seen on Stanford Avenue in Stockton.
“I’m not really sure if it started in the back, but I saw the smoke coming up from the house,” said neighbor Jose Maldonado.
Maldonado was at his home across the street when he saw smoke coming from the roof of his neighbor’s home.
“And the fire started moving quick to the left side,” Maldonado told FOX40. “And the people next door, I don’t think the guy was here because he only comes on the weekends.”
Stockton fire officials say they were called out to the 1800 block of Stanford Avenue around 1 p.m. after they received reports of a large grass fire.
“When the initial engines arrived on scene they found a grass fire behind these structures that were quickly impinging on them because of the wind and low humidity,” explained Fire Chief Richard Edwards.
Edwards say altogether eight homes were damaged, some destroyed. Two people were taken to the hospital for minor injuries.
Several streets nearby were closed as firefighters worked to stop the spread.
“Really to early to speculate on a cause, but we do have fire investigators on scene,” said Edwards. “And they are beginning their investigation of looking for that cause.”
While fire officials continue to investigate, Maldonado says his thoughts are with his neighbors.
“They were crying and they were feeling so bad because they said they don’t have anywhere to go,” said Maldonado.
Officials told FOX40 the Red Cross is helping the families who were displaced by the fire.