Morning blaze damages two Waterford apartments

A morning fire displaced four people in Waterford on Saturday.

Firefighters responded to a structure fire call around 9:30 a.m. along E Street. When crews arrived they discovered a garage fire at a triplex off Bentley Street. Modesto Fire Department Battalion Chief Randy Anderson said thick black smoke was billowing from the garage coming from a plastic trash toter and other debris ablaze inside. Firefighters were able to knock down the flames in about 15 minutes, and then stayed on scene for about two hours taking care of hot spots and cleanup.

The fire did not spread to any of the units, but smoke damage made two of the apartments uninhabitable. No injuries were reported, and the Red Cross was called to help four adults find temporary housing. Anderson said six engines, two truck companies, two fire chief officers and a fire investigator responded to the blaze. Crews came from Modesto Fire, the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District and the Ceres Fire Department. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.