Large fire burning near downtown Stockton, forcing evacuations

Firefighters in the region responded to a four-alarm fire in Stockton that was sending plumes of smoke into the sky visible for miles.

The Stockton Record reported the fire near the downtown Stockton started in a warehouse on East Weber Street. The fire was ripping through piles of wooden pallets, the newspaper reported, citing eyewitness accounts.

Engine crews were using an aerial ladder to battle the huge flames. The large fire was forcing evacuations near Weber Avenue and B Street, according to the KCRA news station.

The Record reported preliminary information that three homes were on fire. A strong wind was making it difficult for fire units to control the blaze.

Modesto, Stanislaus Consolidated, Salida, Burbank Paradise and West Stanislaus fire departments sent engines to the Stockton fire, while Turlock sent a battalion chief as a strike team leader.