No one injured by blaze in Atwater barn

August 5, 2013 

— No one was hurt over the weekend when a barn caught fire, Cal Fire-Merced County Fire Department reported Sunday.

Firefighters responded to the scene at 7:12 p.m. Saturday at Clover Avenue, east of Buhach Road, after residents called 911. Firefighters arrived and spotted smoke coming from the 3,000-square-foot building's eaves and doorways, according to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Battalion Chief Gabriel Santos.

Santos said the building was used to store items for an auction.

After arriving, firefighters moved five big-rig trucks parked near the burning building.

"It was a pretty big save. Those big rigs are expensive," Santos said.

Firefighters kept the fire from spreading to nearby offices and buildings. It took about 30 minutes to contain the fire and two hours to completely control it. Santos said firefighters remained at the scene until about midnight.

The fire caused about $20,000 in damage to the structure and $10,000 damage to its contents.

A total of 15 firefighters responded to the scene, along with five engines, two water tenders and two battalion chiefs.

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