CERES, Calif. - Nearly two dozen people were displaced from their homes after a fire burned through an apartment complex in Ceres.
The fire happened Monday afternoon at the Vineyard apartments. Twelve units were either destroyed or damaged in the fire.
The fire started at about 3:45 p.m. inside a maintenance shack on the first floor and quickly spread to the second level of the complex.
The flames trapped a family of three inside their second-level unit.
Jason Avila and his wife were upstairs when they tried to escape through the main door, but by that time it was already too late.
"I grabbed her arm, we went down the hallway. The flames were right there. That's the scariest thing I've ever seen," recalled Jason Avila. He was trapped inside with his wife and their 11-month-old daughter.