Turlock firefighters battle two blazes

Two fires kept Turlock firefighters busy Wednesday.

Nearly 20 fire personnel responded to each fire — a morning blaze at an unoccupied two-story house and an evening stove fire that forced the evacuation of a family, according to Battalion Chief Gary Lunsford. No one was hurt in either blaze.

At 9:03 p.m., fire crews responded to a report of a stove fire at the 1800 block of El Camino Drive. When crews arrived, they saw smoke coming from the front door area and the residents already evacuated. They entered the home and extinguished the fire that had spread from the stove to the nearby cabinets.

Three engines, 15 firefighters, a battalion chief and division chief answered the alarm and put the blaze out in eight minutes. The residents were allowed to return to the home.

Earlier in the day, at 11:30 a.m., crews responded to a report of a fire in the 200 block of Locust Avenue. When the firefighters arrived, there was heavy smoke billowing from a basement. They entered the home and determined it was unoccupied. The fire burned the entire basement.

It took 1 hour, 18 minutes to control because of the fire's location and the complexity of the basement layout.

Both fires remain under investigation.