Madera house fire, gas leak forces neighbors from homes

A group of Madera residents was evacuated from their homes after a house fire and gas leak on Monday morning.
MADERA, Calif. (KFSN) -- A group of Madera residents was evacuated from their homes after a house fire and gas leak on Monday morning.

It happened just after 1:00 am on Tulare Street and Lincoln Avenue.

Firefighters arrived to find flames burning a two-story house.

During the fire, a gas line broke, creating a dangerous situation for both the fire crews and nearby residents.

Madera police officers had to evacuate between 30 to 40 neighbors until PG&E could shut off the gas line.

The people were out of their homes for a little more than two hours.

The house that burned was destroyed. Fire officials say the home was abandoned and had been the scene of a previous fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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