Fresno County house fire destroys family's home

FRESNO COUNTY, Calif.

Eastbound Manning Avenue near McCall near Selma was partially shut down to give crews room to work. The road has since reopened, but a Fresno County family now has nothing left.

The flames moved so quickly, Wayne Little didn't even have time to grab shoes. His neighbors lent him some after he got out of the house. "I don't even have my wallet. No money, no food, Nothin," said Little.

Just before 6 a.m. the family awoke to flames in the attic. "So at that point, I started yelling 'Everybody Out!' I went and grabbed my daughter."

He, and the rest of his family got out, but couldn't save their pets.

"I could hear the cat crying... I tried to get him out and I couldn't. It burned fast."

Firefighters say the age and instability of the 1920's-era home just added to the dangers at the scene.

"We had power lines down, gas line ruptured, so firefighters decided to take defensive action on the home," said John Dominguez with Fresno County Cal-Fire.

The family watched their home and possessions burn to the ground -- grateful for their lives -- but left with little else.

The family says they were renting the house and have no insurance. Firefighters are still investigating how the fire started. They have ruled out arson.

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