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Modesto Fire crews respond to 274 calls for service in 24 hours

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The Fourth of July had Modesto fire crews running from Modesto and Ceres to Salida and Oakdale.

According to the Modesto Fire Department, crews responded to 274 calls for service between 7 a.m. on July 4 to 7 a.m. on July 5. 

The calls for service included 65 fires, eight structure/building fires, 41 vegetation fires and 16 trash fires.

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Turlock woman loses everything in apartment fire while caring for grandchildren

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For Patricia Escalante, caring for her grandchildren is nothing new. But after a tragic apartment fire in Turlock took everything they had, she's trying to stay strong while in very unfamiliar territory.

"It ruined everything destroyed everything. We were lucky to get out alive," said Escalante.

Escalante said she noticed the fire coming from her granddaughter's room and felt the heat radiating off the floor.

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Atwater Feed store engulfed in flames, authorities say

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A well-known business in Atwater became engulfed in flames early Sunday morning, authorities in Atwater say.

The Atwater Police Department says its officers were dispatched to the 1200 block of Atwater Boulevard just after 1:00 a.m. where they say they arrived to find the Atwater Feed store on fire.

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Firefighter injured battling fire at vacant Modesto business

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A firefighter was injured after responding to a commercial structure fire in Modesto Saturday night.

The Modesto Fire Department said the three-alarm blaze was near the intersection of Yosemite Boulevard and El Vista Avenue at a vacant business.

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Mobile homes and 40 vehicles catch fire in blaze at the Fresno and Merced county line

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Firefighters early Saturday night continued to battle a blaze involving four mobile homes and 40 vehicles along the Fresno/Merced county line.

Called the Russell Incident by Cal Fire, the fire is on the 12000 block of North Russell, about an hour west of Fresno and a few miles south of Dos Palos.

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Fire breaks out at Stanislaus County Fair building. Cause under investigation

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An early morning fire broke out in a structure at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds on Wednesday, damaging one of the fair buildings.

At around 3:20 a.m. Wednesday, Modesto firefighters were dispatched to what was initially reported as a “tent fire” on the 800 block of Soderquist Road at the fairgrounds, according to the department’s daily incident report.

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Fire Breaks Out At Home In Ceres

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CERES (CBS13) – Investigators are looking into the cause of a house fire in Stanislaus County.

The incident happened early Monday morning at 800 Pecos Avenue, located in a rural area within the town of Ceres. According to firefighters, the blaze was mainly in the back of the single-story home.

No injuries were reported.

The Stanislaus Fire Investigation Unit was at the scene of the fire.

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Turlock staff wants to request Modesto fire contract proposal. City Council OK needed

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Turlock city staff on Tuesday are scheduled to ask the City Council for permission to request a contract proposal for fire administration services from Modesto. Staff plan to compare the costs for Modesto to manage the Turlock Fire Department vs. the city maintaining its own fire administration, Interim Fire Chief Michael Botto wrote in a staff report.

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As Turlock Fire interim chief retires, is the city considering contract with Modesto?

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Turlock Interim Fire Chief Gary Carlson plans to retire next month and the city intends to replace him with the same administrator who oversaw Ceres contracting Modesto for fire services, the firefighters union said.

The hiring of Michael Botto will come after the City Council budgeted a feasibility study to examine the costs of Modesto running fire operations in Turlock, said Chad Hackett, the firefighters union president.

Turlock announced Carlson’s retirement in a press release Thursday, but Interim City Manager Sarah Eddy on Friday said the city has not made a final decision to fill the position. The feasibility study will determine if Turlock can provide the same or better fire services at a lower cost by sharing resources, Eddy said in an email.

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Fire reported at Vista apartments

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A candle ignited a fire at the Vista apartment complex at 900 W. Monte Vista Avenue on July 1.

The candle fire spread to the surrounding contents on the second-floor room and grew up the wall, said Turlock Fire Department spokesman Capt. Jason Bernard.

The fire department ordered the building evacuated until the fire was put out.

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