A vacant home burned twice in less than 24 hours with the second fire destroying the single-story house, the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District reported.
The first fire on Monday morning burned the home on High Street in Riverbank. Firefighters extinguished the fire and checked to see if the flames had spread while searching the home.
After two searches, the firefighters did not find anyone in the burned residence. An investigator was called to the scene about 11 a.m. Monday to try to determine how the fire started.
The Modesto Fire Department assisted in putting out Monday's blaze.
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Firefighters made sure Monday no smoldering spots were left behind. Stanislaus Consolidated officials said on Facebook the second fire was did not originate in a smoldering spot from the first blaze.
About 4:15 a.m. Tuesday, Stanislaus Consolidated and Modesto firefighters were sent back to the vacant High Street home for the second fire. Firefighters arrived and spotted flames had engulfed the house. The flames were threatening a nearby home.
Firefighters attacked the blaze while trying to protect the nearby home that had residents inside when Tuesday’s fire started.
The firefighters stopped the blaze from reaching the nearby home and had the flames under control about 40 minutes after the fire was first reported. The cause of both fires had not been determined, fire officials said.