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Fire officials looking into downtown Turlock blaze

DEBBIE NODA/dnoda@modbee.com
Workers look at some of the burned areas Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at Yerena's Pallet Company in Turlock of some of the damaged caused by the fire yesterday.
DEBBIE NODA/dnoda@modbee.com Workers look at some of the burned areas Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at Yerena's Pallet Company in Turlock of some of the damaged caused by the fire yesterday. Modesto Bee

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.

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.



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