The investigation continues today into a fire that burned pallets and cars in an industrial area of the city Monday.
The fire, at South First and D streets, was reported at 3:53 p.m. It started at Yerena’s Pallet Company and spread to vehicles, storage units and trailers at two adjoining properties. A thick column of smoke was visible for several miles.
It took 31 firefighters from five agencies about two hours to bring the blaze under control. They were hampered by 101-degree heat at the site, officials said. Several needed attention from ambulance crews standing by, but no injuries were reported.
Fire crews remained on the scene until 10:30 p.m. Officials estimated damages at $300,000 — $200,000 in property and $100,000 in contents.
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The fire damaged or destroyed several vehicles belonging to employees of nearby businesses; several buses at the adjacent Turlock Unified School District transportation yard escaped damage.
Officials today are looking into exactly where and how the fire started.