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Saturday, 24 December 2016 16:45

Suspicious Fire Damages Modesto Care Home

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MODESTO - Firefighters battled a blaze that significantly damaged a care home Saturday morning.

The fire was dispatched at about 8:30am at a residence on the 1000 block of Elmhurst Drive. Arriving fire crews encountered heavy fire conditions at the front of the home.

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Fire crews aggressively attacked the blaze from the interior of the home, bringing it under control within 15 minutes. The fire did not extend into the attic of the home. 

Firefighters searched the home to make sure no one was trapped inside. The house was reportedly being used by the occupant as a board and care facility.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and said to be suspicious in nature, and early damage estimates are placed at $100,000. Five engines, a truck, two chief officers and an investigator all responded ot the scene.

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Friday, 23 December 2016 21:47

Garage Fire Damages Modesto Home

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MODESTO - Fire crews responded to a report of a home on fire Friday night.

The fire was dispatched shortly after 9:30pm at a home on the 1500 block of Galvez Avenue. Early reports indicated a citizen had entered the home to rescue an animal.

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Fire crews arrived within minutes and found smoke coming from the garage. Crews went to work quickly and contained the flames before they were able to spread to the rest of the home.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. At time of publication a damage estimate was not available. There were no mention of injuries.

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Monday, 19 December 2016 18:47

Fire Consumes Home Near Oakdale

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OAKDALE - Fire crews battled a structure fire late Monday afternoon.

The fire was reported at about 6:06pm on the 7700 block of Sonora Road. Arriving firefighters found a double-wide mobile home fully engulfed in flames.

Fire Crews from Stanislaus Consolidated and Escalon responded to the scene. Downed power lines created a safety hazard for firefighting efforts.

The cause of the fire was under investigation. At time of publication there were no mention of injuries.

Monday, 19 December 2016 10:30

Three Alarm Fire Destroys Downtown Merced Market

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MERCED - A fire in an Asian market destroyed the building and its contents Sunday morning.

The fire was reported at about 10:19am on the 600 block of Main Street. Arriving fire crews encountered heavy smoke conditions from the building. Turlock City, Atwater and other fire agencies responded to assist in the blaze which reached three alarms. 

The contents and interior of the market were destroyed by the blaze. The market sold Asian foods and products. The fire caused instability issues with the building, delaying firefighter's investigation efforts.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, there were no reports of injuries.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 10:00

Two Arrested in Carjacking, Pursuit Caper

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RIVERBANK - Authorities arrested two suspects in a carjacking case after a pursuit that ended in Riverbank.

At about 1:00am Tuesday, a deputy attempted to stop a vehicle matching the description of an auto that was carjacked in Oakdale. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle near Oakdale and Crawford Roads, but the driver fled leading the deputy on a short pursuit.

Authorities later found the vehicle abandoned in the area of Bracco Way and Mayberry Court. Deputies established a perimeter in the neighborhood with assistance from Modesto Police Officers. After a ground search with the use of K-9's, both suspects were located and arrested.

The suspects were identified as a 20 year old man and a juvenile male.

Monday, 12 December 2016 18:04

Road Closed for RV Fire

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MODESTO - Fire crews closed a roadway down Monday afternoon as they battled a burning RV.

The fire was dispatched at about 5:30pm on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard between Oak and Pine Streets.

The RV, which appeared to be an older model Dodge vehicle, suffered major fire damage to the passenger side and interior. Neighbors in the area say the vehicle had been parked there for a couple of days.

The fire was extinguished within minutes. An investigator responded to determine the cause of the blaze. No one was in the vehicle and there were no reported injuries.

The roadway was expected to re-open by 7:00pm.

Monday, 12 December 2016 09:44

Patterson Area Schools Locked Down for Pursuit

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PATTERSON - Authorities pursuing a vehicle Monday morning requested area schools to be locked down.

The pursuit began at about 9:30am. Early indications indicated the driver was a 17 year old male wanted on a variety of charges including burglary related charges and assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer.

The driver was seen several times on Baldwin Road driving at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was described as a light gray 2002 Nissan Pathfinder.

After several attempts to stop the vehicle, the driver attempted to ram two motor units before fleeing at high speeds again. The vehicle was later spotted on Baldwin Road and crashed near Zachariah.

The driver fled on foot toward an orchard but was apprehended in a canal area at about 9:45am.

Further details will be posted as they become available.