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A fire that erupted on the front porch of a Riverside home burned one of the two seniors residing at the location, displacing both of them due to the extent of damage to their property, authorities said Tuesday.

The blaze was reported at 10:50 p.m. Monday in the 5400 block of Mitchell Street, near Spartan Road, according to the Riverside Fire Department.

Battalion Chief Pat Hopkins said two engine crews and a truck company, numbering just over a dozen firefighters, were dispatched and encountered flames raging on the front porch of the single-story residence, extending to a tree and the roof.

“There was also a large amount of stored goods near the front door burning,” Hopkins said. “An aggressive fire attack was initiated to control the fire and keep it from going into the interior.”

Paramedics found one of the occupants, identified only as an elderly man, suffering “moderate burn injuries to his hands and face,” the battalion chief said.

The man received treatment at the scene, but he declined to be taken to a hospital, according to Hopkins.

The other senior was not hurt.

“The home sustained moderate damage and was deemed uninhabitable due to major electrical issues,” Hopkins said.

The two occupants were displaced, and Red Cross personnel were requested to assist them with finding temporary alternate lodgings.

Hopkins said early indications were that an electrical malfunction sparked the fire, but the cause remained under investigation.

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