Fire damages two homes on Hatch Road; marijuana found

Fire engines – and sheriff’s deputies – responded to a fire Saturday night that damaged a garage and two homes in the 400 block of East Hatch Road in south Modesto.

The 9:20 p.m. fire caused extensive damage to the garage and spread to two dwellings on the property, displacing several individuals, said Battalion Chief Randy Anderson of the Modesto Fire Department.

Fire units from Modesto and Ceres brought the blaze under control in 20 minutes and were mopping up for two hours.

Several pounds of marijuana were found in a back storage area, authorities said. Stanislaus County sheriff’s deputies seized the marijuana, but people who lived at the residence apparently fled. No one was arrested.

Stanislaus County sheriff’s Lt. Marc Nuno said that “honey oil,” or concentrated cannabis, possibly had been processed at the residence. The information was turned over to the Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Agency.

The fire spread to outbuildings and caused minor to moderate damage to the homes, one of which was split into two apartments.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

Ken Carlson: 209-578-2321