Firefighters put out blaze that quickly climbed cluster of downtown Modesto palm trees

A cluster of three burning palm trees at various stages of growth was quickly doused by firefighters in downtown Modesto on Tuesday morning.

The dispatch went out about 6:20 a.m. as a working structure fire on the 400 block of 15th Street. The trees stand between Project Blond and Cost-U-Less Insurance, but there’s enough space that neither building was threatened.

Though the cause of the fire was not immediately determined, it apparently was set, a battalion chief said. There is no power source near the trees that could have been the source of ignition.

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