No injuries. Little property damage. Less than an hour to contain.
Nonetheless, six fires believed to be intentionally set over 13 hours since Monday night have kept Modesto firefighters busy.
"I couldn't characterize why it's happening," said Dan Hinshaw, battalion chief for the Modesto Fire Department. "It's just what's going on."
The most recent was reported this morning in the 1500 block of Inyo Avenue in south Modesto.
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Four engines, a truck and Hinshaw tended to the fire reported about 10 a.m. The vacant home had no electricity and had previously been damaged by fire, he said.
The first two incidents were grass fires that began Monday about 9:30 p.m. near Tuolumne River Regional Park, Hinshaw said.
Both were about a quarter acre and took about an hour to put out, he said.
At 4:30 this morning, there was a trash fire in the 1500 block of Yosemite Road next to The Salvation Army that burned a donation container.
About three hours later, firefighters tended to two more.
One was a large trash fire against a building on Barozzi Avenue. The other was a structure fire that gutted a room in a vacant house on Teresa Street.
Both were contained in 10 to 15 minutes.
Outside of possibly the two at the park, Hinshaw couldn't say if any were related, as were the fires on the southern end of Richland Avenue in Ceres.
Still, with the commitment of trucks and personnel, the fires have taxed his department's resources.
"We were down to a couple of engines because of those two working fires," he said, referring to the Teresa and Barozzi blazes. "Two engines in a city this size?"
Hinshaw asked that anyone who might have any information about how these fires started to call 572-9590.