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Patterson and West Stanislaus firefighters use hoses to douse the vegetation fire to keep it from spreading to nearby Marty's Inn at 2042 N Street in Newman, and an adjacent pallet recycler. Crews from Newman, Gustine, Patterson, and West Stanislaus fire departments were called to the scene at 4:20 Thursday afternoon (04-18-13) keeping the flames from spreading to the nearby structures at Marty's Inn. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
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NEWMAN — A vegetation fire south of Newman closed a one-mile stretch of Highway 33 on Thursday afternoon.
The two-alarm fire that started at about 4:20 p.m. behind an old restaurant and inn was fueled by the wind and persisted in the heavy brush for several hours.
A vacant building, formally Martys Inn, was threatened but did not sustain any damage, according to fire officials.
During the suppression efforts Highway 33 was closed between Inyo Avenue and Sanchez Road.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.