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Grass fire keeps firefighters busy

A grass fire Wednesday morning just west of Highway 99 on Graphics Drive kept Modesto Fire Department crews busy and threatened businesses. But the roughly 12-acre fire was extinguished in about 30 minutes without any damage to structures, said Modesto Fire Battalion Chief Rich Sasser.

The fire, which started about 9:30 a.m. on the north end of the property, threatened Floors Plus and other businesses north of Graphics Drive and Kansas Avenue. Sasser said employees for Floors Plus were evacuated for a short time. He said the cause of the fire is unknown.

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