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Kids douse fire, help save homes

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From left: Carolina Castro, James Queriapa and Darlenne Queriapa .

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POSTED July 1, 2013 1:03 a.m.



The quick action by three Manteca siblings was responsible for putting out a shed fire at 9 p.m. Sunday in the 800 block of Monte Rosa Lane.

Manteca Battalion Chief Dave Marques said 10-year-old James Queriata and his two sisters ran barefoot across the street and found a garden hose they aimed at the fire that had engulfed the 8- by-8 foot shed plus set a common fence on fire as well as the sides of two homes.

Sister Carlina Castro, 11, helped her brother with the hose as an older sister Darlenne went knocking on the doors of the two homes to make sure the residents were out of their homes just north of the Manteca golf course.

Another neighbor, Matt Hampton, 20, jumped over the back fence with his garden hose and backed up the children in their attack on the fire, Chief Marques said.  He added that there were books and three propane tanks in the shed, which did not explode.  It was Hampton who made the 911 call to the fire department.

It was a full turnout of the fire department to the “structure fire call” but most of the fire was out when they arrived on the scene. Marques said the three kids did not stick around the scene after they had put the fire out.  A citation for their prompt action is expected to be coming from Fire Chief Kirk Waters. 

None of the four of the young responders were injured in fighting the fire, Marques said.

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