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Mechanical fire at nut company near Hickman quickly put out

Employees were able to extinguish an almond roaster fire at Rolling Hills Nut Co. south of Hickman early Wednesday morning.
Employees were able to extinguish an almond roaster fire at Rolling Hills Nut Co. south of Hickman early Wednesday morning.

Employees at the Rolling Hills Nut Co. plant south of Hickman were able to extinguish a fire that began on an almond roaster early Wednesday.

At about 2:15 a.m., crews from the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District and Ceres and Modesto fire departments responded to a report of a structure fire at the plant on the 3000 block of Montpelier Road. The report was of almonds on fire in a warehouse.

First crews on the scene saw light smoke from a warehouse. An almond roaster had been on fire but was extinguished by employees. The sprinkler system also had activated as it should, said Stanislaus Consolidated Battalion Chief Eric DeHart.

Firefighters checked and confirmed that the fire was out, and remained on the scene to help clear smoke, he said.

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