Large home burns near downtown Corning

Photo courtesy: Crystal Weston

CORNING, Calif. - Firefighters faced extreme heat and dry conditions as they battled a house fire near downtown on Monday afternoon.

The Corning Fire Department and surrounding agencies were called to the area of Third and Marin Streets shortly before 2:30 p.m.

When they arrived, they found smoke and flames pouring from a home that is used as a rental property.

Two families inside were able to get out safely. "I mean I just wanted to get my mom out of the house and make sure my little brother wasn't there," said Jeff Davis. "The tree was just on fire and it looked like the wind was blowing it and it just caught the side of the house on fire."

During the course of the firefight, an ember flew to a second building and ignited it. That fire was quickly extinguished.

Two firefighters were treated at the scene for heat exhaustion. Temperatures at the time were well into the triple digits.

Neighbors tell KRCR News Channel 7 a young woman was taken to the hospital for burn injuries, however fire officials at the scene have not yet confirmed that information.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but the extreme heat may have been a factor.

"Oh, the weather had a huge significance in this," said Corning Fire Chief Martin Spannaus. "Common sense dictates the fire spreads more active when we have hot and dry conditions."

"And today it certainly meets that criteria."

Four families were displaced in total, according to the American Red Cross.