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September 25, 2013

Fire breaks out at Ceres flea market

A fire early broke out Wednesday morning at a Ceres flea market. The fire was reported in storage units at the El Rematito Flea Market on Crows Landing Road at 7:16 a.m., Ceres Fire Battalion Chief Randy Wheeler said.

A fire broke out Wednesday morning at a Ceres flea market. The blaze was reported in storage units at the El Rematito Flea Market on Crows Landing Road at 7:16a.m., Ceres Fire Battalion Chief Randy Wheeler said.

The flea market, which is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, was not in operation. No injuries were reported.

When the first fire crews arrived, they found heavy smoke coming from storage units used by flea market vendors, Wheeler said. Four units were directly involved in the fire.

Most of the damage was contained to two units, Wheeler said. One of them contained “salon-type stuff,” including beauty products, he said. The other was in use by a leather and clothing dealer.

Crews assisted by units from Modesto Regional Fire and Stanislaus Consolidated Fire spent 15 to 20 minutes putting out the flames and pulling items out to make sure everything was extinguished.

Wheeler said authorities were investigating the cause. A damage estimate was not available, pending information from vendors about what was damaged.

Though the main damage was confined to two units, the 17-unit building will be shut down.

The flea market owners were working to bring in temporary storage, Wheeler said.

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