Fire destroys 2 Spring Valley homes

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Fire destroys two Spring Valley Homes

SPRING VALLEY, Calif. – At least 10 people were left homeless Friday after two houses caught fire in Spring Valley, Cal Fire said.

The blaze broke out on the 1600 block of Tarleton Street near Blossom Road around 12:30 a.m. When the first crews arrived, the immediately called for backup because the blaze was so intense.

Firefighters climbed onto the roof to cut vent holes after the flames spread from one house to the other. Cal Fire fought the blaze for about two hours before knocking it down around 2:30 a.m. Both homes were gutted, according to Cal Fire Capt. Kendal Bortisser.

Two residents were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. Those left homeless by the fire include a family with four small children.  The Salvation Army was working to help the families, who lost nearly everything in the fire.

Crews shut down Tarleton Street as they battled the fire, but it was reopened a short time later.

Investigators remained at the scene Friday morning looking into what started the fire.