A two-alarm fire caused an estimated $750,000 in damage to a Santa Fe Avenue convenience store and its contents Monday night.
Crews from the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District and Modesto Fire Department responded to the report of a working structure fire on the 200 block of Santa Fe just after 11 p.m. A Stanislaus crew arrived to find smoke coming from the rear of the Stop N Shop store.
“The fire couldn’t be reached from any one location, so a two- to three-prong approach was used to extinguish the fire through holes cut in the roof and wall,” Stanislaus Battalion Chief Eric DeHart said in a report. “A second alarm was eventually called (bringing two Ceres Fire Department crews), however, those crews staged and were returned a short time later.
“This fire started in the rear of the store and was controlled about 45 minutes to an hour later. The bulk of the resources were released after about two hours, while the last crews remained on scene until about three hours after the time of dispatch.”
Food and other products in the store were damaged by smoke and will need to be replaced, Stanislaus Fire spokeswoman Carissa Higginbotham said.
The fire’s cause remains under investigation but does not appear to be suspicious, she said.