Porch fire spreads and damages 2 Visalia homes

June 15, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a fire that damaged two homes in Visalia.

The flames started on the back porch of one house on Stevenson near Prospect around 4 p.m. Friday afternoon. The flames then spread to a second home.

Five family members in the first house escaped before crews arrived. It took them about half an hour to put out the flames.

Fire officials estimate the total damage at about $185-thousand.