A three-alarm fire broke out at the area known as the Cages early Sunday morning. Flames from the blaze lit up the area around 5 a.m.

“Patterson Engine #1 was first on scene, followed by Truck #2 and CalFire Engine #1675,” Patterson Fire Department Captain Marty Greunke said via text. “We went on scene to find about five units on fire, with many more threatened. By the time we were able to make access and extinguish it, six (units) were lost.”

The area had been evacuated by the time first responders arrived, Greunke said. There were no injuries.

Residents could be seen assessing the damage and sifting through the rubble around 7 a.m. on Sunday. Joyce, a well-dressed and well-spoken young woman who looks to be in her late 20s or early 30s and says she is a relative newcomer, said she wasn’t home at the time of the fire, but one of the units destroyed belonged to her and her boyfriend. They’re fortunate; they have another.

A few of the other residents weren’t so lucky – they’ve lost their homes, along with everything they owned, which would be devastating to anyone, and can only be worse for those who live in such conditions.

The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.

Anyone interested in donating items for those affected by the fire should take them to H.O.S.T. House, 405 South Fourth Street, as they are set up to ensure the donations get to those who need them the most. The site is staffed and can receive donations after hours. Phone: 895-4976.

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