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Dog dies, six displaced as fire guts Merced home

A garage converted into living space erupted into flames at 1010 R Street on Wednesday, killing a small dog and displacing six people who lived there.

Fortunately, investigators with the Merced Fire Department said no people were hurt in the blaze.

Firefighters responded to the scene shortly after 9 a.m. and found the peach painted structure engulfed in heavy flames and smoke. The blaze was contained in less than 20 minutes, according to Battalion Chief Tom McCall.

Family of 10 homeless, Novato Firefighters Perform Good Deed

A family of 10 traveling in a recreational vehicle that served as their permanent home are worried about their next move two days after the RV caught fire alongside Highway 101 and stranded them in Marin County.

California Highway Patrol officers drove the Christies to Station 1 of the Novato Fire Protection District, where they were welcomed by Capt. Scott Freedman and his crew. Continue reading Family of 10 homeless, Novato Firefighters Perform Good Deed

Escondido Firefighters Feel Effects of Bad Economy

ESCONDIDO —- After more than two hours of spirited debate Wednesday night, the City Council agreed to wait one week before approving emergency budget reductions that would include laying off 31 full-time employees and making substantial cuts to libraries, recreation, police and firefighting.

Fire Chief Mike Lowry said the $521,000 in fire cuts would be achieved by not hiring employees for a new station that opened recently on Del Dios Road.