Fire destroys Biggs home with two people inside

Fire destroys Biggs home with two people inside

BIGGS, Calif. - Two people barely escaped with their lives early Monday morning when a fire broke out in a home in Biggs on Steadman Road.

Fire officials said the fire started in a 50-year-old woman's bedroom who had a broken ankle and was using oxygen inside.

The woman woke up around 2:45 a.m., and she noticed there were flames next to her inside the bedroom.

She yelled for help, and her ex-boyfriend, Kevin Kawasaki rushed over to help her.

Kawasaki was able to get her, two dogs and two rabbits out safely.

CAL FIRE said the fire spread to the attic and destroyed the entire home.

"With old construction, there's no fire blocking in the attic spaces," said CAL FIRE Division Chief Chris Haile. "So you have one large common space up there. Once the fire gets seeded in the attic it can run through the entire attic."

CAL FIRE said they were able to contain the blaze to the home and not let it get to the adjacent orchard fields.

The woman was taken to the hospital but is expected to be released soon.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, and the estimated damage is around $100,000. CAL FIRE was able to save $300,000 worth of damage.

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