Vacant structure fires keep Modesto crews busy
07/04/2014 8:12 AM
07/04/2014 9:12 PM
Fires at two vacant structures kept Modesto firefighters busy Thursday night.
At 11:07 p.m., crews responded to a blaze in the 700 block of Kazmir Court, just south of James Marshall Elementary School, according to Randy Anderson, battalion chief of the Modesto Fire Department.
Firefighters found flames 20 feet above the roofline from a fire believed to have been started in tall weeds in the backyard of the vacant home.
Firefighters pulled down the lath and plaster ceilings and extinguished the flames, Anderson said.
The cause of the fire was under investigation. Damage was estimated at $80,000.
Four hours earlier, crews were called to a structure fire in the 700 block of I Street after a large dumpster fire extended into wood panels that covered a door leading into a vacant, one-story building.
The inside of the building, known to be occupied by homeless people, was filled with smoke. Crews extinguished the fire and found nobody inside, Anderson said.
Damage was estimated at $10,000.
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