Barn goes up in flames Thursday afternoon

On Thursday, May 13th, 2021, at approximately 1:45 pm, the Turlock Rural Fire Protection District received multiple calls reporting a working structure fire in the 300 block of S Johnson Rd. The Turlock Rural Fire Protection District and Denair Fire Protection District were dispatched.

Denair Chief 2 was the first to arrive on scene. Upon his arrival, he found a 100 feet by 50 feet barn as well as some out buildings fully involved. He assumed command and immediately requested a second alarm which brought in an additional type-one engine from the Keyes Fire Protection District, a water tender from the Mountain View Fire Protection District, and a water tender from the Hughson Fire Protection District.

Once suppression units began arriving on scene, they began attacking the fire in the defensive strategy. They required additional assistance thus a third alarm was requested. That brought in two type-one engines from the Turlock Fire Department, a type-three engine from the Ceres Fire Department, a type-three engine from the Burbank Paradise Fire Protection District, a water tender from the Turlock Rural Fire Protection District, and a water tender from the Westport Fire Protection District.

After a while, the fire was brought under control and extinguished shortly thereafter. Resources to the scene included American Medical Response for patient and firefighter care, the Turlock Irrigation District to secure utilities, the Stanislaus Fire Investigation Unit to investigate, and the American Red Cross to provide assistance to the family due to utilities being turned off.

The cause of the fire remains unknown and under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this fire is encouraged to contact the Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigation Unit at 209-525-5537 or by email at info@stanfiu.org.

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