Fire causes damage to downtown Modesto grocery outlet

local@modbee.comSeptember 25, 2013 

The Modesto Regional Fire Authority responded to a warehouse fire on 8th and K streets in Modesto on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013. Battalion Chief Alan Ernst said the fire started in cardboard boxes, but he did not know how it originated. (Erin Tracy/


— A two-alarm fire near downtown Modesto caused about $30,000 worth of damage on Wednesday night, authorities said.

Firefighters with the Modesto Regional Fire Authority responded to a report of a commercial structure fire at the 99 Outlet at 1021 Eighth Street, according to Battalion Chief Alan Ernst.

When they arrived, they found the large single-story commercial grocery outlet with moderate smoke showing from the store front and roof area. Flames could be seen inside the roughly 200-foot long by 60-foot wide building.

Crews made an aggressive interior attack and had the blaze under control in about 20 minutes.

Ernst estimated the quick work of his firefighters helped control damage that could have been upward of $500,000.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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