Two killed in Patterson ranch house fire. Here’s what we know

Two people, both adults, were killed in a house fire in an unincorporated area near Patterson in the 12 a.m. hour Tuesday, according to the Patterson Fire Department.

Upon arrival, firefighters began to attack the fire from the exterior of the two-story ranch house on the 700 block of Almond Avenue.

Meanwhile, a second engine began a rescue of two potential victims trapped inside. They entered the home through windows at the rear, read a Fire Department release.

Crews found one person, whom they were able to bring out of the structure, The victim was treated by paramedics but pronounced dead at the scene.

Another person, who could not be pulled from the home, was dead before firefighters arrived, said PFD Division Chief Jeff Hakola.

Hakola said the rescue effort lasted about 20 minutes and the fire was “under control” about 90 minutes after they received the call.

The identities of those killed had not been released as of Wednesday morning. The Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office does not release that information until a decedent’s next-of-kin is notified.

The cause and origin of the fire have not been determined, according to PFD on Tuesday. The case is being handled by the Stanislaus County Fire Investigation Unit and the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department.

Agencies that assisted with the call were West Stanislaus Fire Protection District, Patterson Fire, Newman Fire, Turlock Rural Fire, Mountain View Fire, Patterson District Ambulance, Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office, Stanislaus County FIU and Stanislaus County Public Works.