House fire leaves couple homeless

Blaze started on a fence, spread to roof, garage and bedroom

A fire that began on a fence quickly spread to the roof of a home, tearing through to the garage and a bedroom and leaving a couple homeless.

The blaze began at 2:27 Tuesday afternoon on Moselle Court off of Kottinger Drive, according to the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department. Firefighters responded within five minutes after receiving a call and were able to get the fire under control in about 20 minutes, finally putting it out at 3:10 p.m.

Battalion Chief Jane Moorhead said the fire, which started on an exterior fence line, jumped to the side of a two-story home at the end of the court.

"The shake roof really exacerbated it," Moorhead said.

The second alarm fire drew 36 firefighters and three chief officers. None of the firefighters were injured in putting out the blaze.

The fire department has not released a cause of fire. In total, the fire damaged the garage and one bedroom, but the rest of the house was spared, she said. Damage estimates are at $50,000.

The homeowners, who were home at the time, and their dog were not injured and were making arrangements to stay elsewhere.

The house has been red-tagged, meaning the family can't move back in at this time. Fire crews were planning to watch the home overnight due to the red-flag wind advisories currently in place, Moorhead said.

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