Category Archives: Fire

Man arrested after lighting apartment window screen on fire early Sunday morning

On Sunday, June 26th, 2022, at 12:56 am, the Turlock Police Department was dispatched to a reported disturbance in progress at the apartment complex at 90 Pedras Rd, Turlock.

Officers arrived on scene and residents pointed out Alissa Cornell, 40, of Modesto, so they made contact with her.

Another officer made contact with the residents, one of which stated that they were inside their apartment looking out their window when they noticed a man shining a flashlight inside vehicles that were in the parking lot. They yelled at the man, who then made a threatening statement. The victim remained in their apartment and when they looked outside their window again, they discovered that their window screen was on fire. Everyone in the apartment evacuated, called police, and quickly put the fire out. That’s when the man fled the area, but the residents noticed Cornell in the apartment complex, who was not fleeing. The residents formed the belief that Cornell was with the man.

Officers speaking with Cornell also believed she was with the man so they obtained a statement from her. While obtaining a statement, officers formed the belief that Cornell was under the influence of narcotics and unable to care for herself.

Cornell was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of public intoxication.

At 2:22 am, the victim called police again to report that the man who had lit their window screen on fire was back at the apartment complex. Officers arrived within a couple minutes and began checking the area, but were unable to locate him. Right after they called off the search, the victim called police once again to report that the man was back at the apartment complex, this time causing a disturbance and kicking a wheelbarrow. Officers arrived in less than a minute and contacted him as he was running away southbound through an alleyway.

The man stopped and was identified as Edward Gonzales, 40, of Turlock. After being positively identified by the victim, Gonzales was arrested.

Gonzales was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of arson of an inhabited structure or property.

Two detached garages lost to fire Sunday night

On Sunday, June 26th, 2022, at 11:23 pm, the Turlock Fire Department, Modesto Fire Department, Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit, Turlock Police Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported residential working structure fire in the 700 block of E Main St, Turlock.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they found two detached garages on fire, one of which was fully involved. Firefighters immediately began fire attack in the offensive strategy.

After about ten minutes, firefighters were able to get the fire under control, however, it took an additional hour to completely put the fire out.

At some point during fire attack, firefighters had a live power line go down in the immediate area where they were working. Luckily, it didn’t touch anyone.

Firefighters remained on scene for an extended period of time conducting overhaul, investigation, and other post fire activities.

The Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit responded to the scene to investigate the fire, the Turlock Police Department responded to the scene to provide traffic control, American Medical Response responded to the scene to provide firefighter and patient care, the Turlock Irrigation District and Pacific Gas and Electric Company responded to secure utilities, while the Modesto Fire Department and Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District provided city coverage for the duration of the incident.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire remains unclear.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call the Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit at 209-525-5537.

Transient living in RV loses home to fire early Saturday morning

On Saturday, June 18th, 2022, at 12:18 am, the Turlock Fire Department was dispatched to a reported vehicle fire at Harbor Freight Tools, 2800 N Tegner Rd, Turlock.

A Turlock Police officer happened to be patrolling right around the corner and heard the commotion from where he was at, so he made his way over there. When he arrived, he found a recreational vehicle just barely pulled into the parking lot off the street with an active engine fire. Its owner was standing nearby and confirmed that no one else was in it.

By the time firefighters arrived on scene, the fire had spread to the rest of the RV and it was fully involved. Firefighters began fire attack and were able to bring the fire under control in about ten minutes.

Unfortunately, by the time the fire extinguished, everything in the RV was a total loss. The RV’s owner was a transient and he lived out of that RV. Everything he owned was gone.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains unknown.

Two fires intentionally set at same apartment early Sunday morning

On Sunday, June 12th, 2022, at 3:14 am, the Turlock Fire Department was dispatched to a commercial fire alarm at The Vista Apartments, 900 W Monte Vista Ave, Turlock, on the second floor of the B building.

As firefighters were responding, they received a call reporting that “there’s smoke everywhere”. The incident was then upgraded to a commercial working structure fire which added several additional resources.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they found signs of a fire on the door step of an apartment that had already been extinguished prior to their arrival, with no extension.

The Turlock Irrigation District and Pacific Gas and Electric Company responded to the scene to secure utilities, while the Turlock Rural Fire Protection District provided city coverage for the duration of the incident.

Firefighters learned that there had been another unreported fire at the same apartment earlier of a wreath that had been intentionally set by someone, so the Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit and Turlock Police Department responded to investigate.

No suspects have been identified yet.

No injuries were reported.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call the Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit at 209-525-5537.

Vegetation fire takes out homeless encampment Saturday afternoon

On Saturday, June 11th, 2022, at 2:30 pm, the Turlock Fire Department, Modesto Fire Department, Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District, and Turlock Rural Fire Protection District were dispatched to a reported vegetation fire at Agri-Comm Express, 2375 Industrial Rowe, Turlock.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they found a decent sized vegetation fire that had extended into a homeless encampment.

Crews began firefighting in the offensive strategy and were eventually able to bring the fire under control and keep it contained to the homeless encampment, preventing spread to Agri-Comm Express. It was extinguished shortly thereafter.

The cause of the fire remains unknown. No injuries were reported.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call the Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit at 209-525-5537.

Three vehicles threatened by fence and vegetation fire saved Monday afternoon

On Monday, June 6th, 2022, at 4:40 pm, the Turlock Fire Department was dispatched to a reported vegetation fire at Nelson-Jameson, 3004 Humphrey Ct, Turlock.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they found a vegetation fire that had spread to a fence and was threatening three vehicles.

Firefighters immediately began attack in the offensive strategy, knocking the fire down and preventing it from spreading to anything further, including the three threatened vehicles.

The fire was quickly put out shortly thereafter.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is currently unknown.

Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call the Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit at 209-525-5537.

Freeway shoulder grass fire extends to exterior of commercial structure Monday afternoon

On Monday, May 23rd, 2022, at 3:22 pm, the Turlock Fire Department, Modesto Fire Department, and Turlock Rural Fire Protection District were dispatched to a reported vegetation fire southbound State Route 99 just south of W Main St, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a grass fire on the southbound shoulder that had spread to the exterior of a commercial structure at 818 S Walnut Rd. Additionally, due to high winds, embers from the first fire made their way to the northbound shoulder and started a second fire.

Crews were able to quickly bring the fire under control and extinguish it, preventing any further spread, including to the interior of the structure.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains unknown.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call the Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit at 209-525-5537.

Five displaced after house fire Monday morning

On Monday, May 23rd, 2022, at 7:26 am, the Turlock Fire Department, Modesto Fire Department, American Medical Response, and Turlock Police Department were dispatched to a reported residential working structure fire in the 200 block of Davis St, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a single story single family dwelling with a fire that had started in its kitchen and had extended into its living quarters and attic. All occupants of the home were found outside and accounted for.

Crews worked in the offensive strategy and were able to bring the fire under control in about thirty minutes, calling it completely out shortly thereafter. It was contained to the house of origin.

Crews remained on scene for an extended period of time conducting overhaul, investigation, and other post fire activities.

Four adults and one child were displaced as a result of the fire. The American Red Cross responded and is providing assistance to the family.

The Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit responded to the scene to investigate the fire, American Medical Response responded to the scene to provide firefighter and patient care, the Turlock Irrigation District and Pacific Gas and Electric Company responded to the scene ot secure utilities, and the Turlock Police Department responded to the scene to provide traffic control, while the Turlock Rural Fire Protection District provided city coverage during the duration of the incident.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire remains undetermined.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call the Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit at 209-525-5537.

Firefighters respond to large grass fire behind Lowe’s early Monday morning

On Monday, May 23rd, 2022, at 2:01 am, the Turlock Fire Department and Turlock Police Department were dispatched to a reported vegetation fire along northbound State Route 99 just north of W Monte Vista Ave, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a well involved grass fire a little less than an acre in size.

Crews worked in the offensive strategy and were able to quickly bring the fire under control, keeping it contained to just the grass and preventing it from spreading to nearby pallets full of product behind Lowe’s.

The fire was called completely out about an hour after initial dispatch.

No injuries were reported.

A person of interest that may have been responsible for the fire was contacted nearby by officers. He was identified and follow-up investigation will be conducted.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call the Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit at 209-525-5537.

Unoccupied home goes up in flames Tuesday morning

On Tuesday, May 17th, 2022, at 9:47 am, the Turlock Fire Department, Modesto Fire Department, Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District, Turlock Rural Fire Protection District, Denair Fire Protection District, and Keyes Fire Protection District were dispatched to a reported residential working structure fire in the 4400 block of W Main St, Turlock.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they located a single story single family dwelling fully involved.

The fire was rapidly extending into an adjacent field and trees, as well as high voltage power lines with an actively arcing electrical wire on the ground. Due to this, firefighters chose to work in the defensive strategy, which means they will fight the fire from the outside and prevent it from spreading to anything else around.

Ultimately, with the assistance of a few water tenders due to the lack of fire hydrants in the area, the fire was put out and kept contained to the structure and some vegetation surrounding the property.

Firefighters remained on scene for an extended period of time conducting overhaul, investigation, and other post fire activities.

The Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit responded to the scene to investigate the fire, American Medical Response responded to the scene to provide firefighter care, the Turlock Irrigation District and Pacific Gas and Electric responded to the scene to secure utilities, and the Turlock Police Department responded to the scene to provide traffic control, while the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District and Turlock Rural Fire Protection District provided city coverage for the duration of the incident.

The structure was unoccupied and no injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call the Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit at 209-525-5537.

Man arrested after recklessly starting warming fire Tuesday morning

On Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022, at 8:30 am, the Turlock Fire Department was dispatched to a reported potential structure fire at one of the old Jura’s Pizza Parlor locations, 309 N Center St, Turlock, after several people had called in to report that there was gray and black smoke coming from the building.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they found a small fire inside the already almost burned down that had been started as a warming fire but had spread to the actual building. Firefighters were able to quickly put the fire out and keep it contained to the building.

Inside the building, firefighters also found Jesse Gil, 53, of Turlock, who had started the fire. The Turlock Police Department was requested to respond to conduct an investigation.

After the investigation, Gil was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of unlawfully causing a fire and trespassing.

Grass fire extends into RV Tuesday afternoon

On Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022, at 3:11 pm, the Turlock Fire Department was dispatched to a reported vegetation fire alongside State Route 99 near Ike’s Appliance Repair, 1107 W Linwood Ave, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a grass fire that had extended into a recreational vehicle. Smoke from the fire affected visibility on the southbound state of State Route 99 until crews were able to get the fire under control.

Crews were quickly able to get the fire under control and extinguish it, keeping it contained to the grass and RV.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire remains unknown.

UPDATE: Good Samaritan from April 14th vehicle fire identified

On Tuesday, April 26th, 2022, at 3:21 pm, the Turlock Police Department came out with an update regarding the vehicle fire that occurred on Thursday, April 14th, 2022 at 250 D St, Turlock.

The man who saved the victim from the burning vehicle came forward after being urged to do so by a friend who learned of his courageous actions, however, he asked to not be named.

“We were honored to have met and been able to personally thank this hero who risked his own life for another,” said Detective Brandon Bertram. “He saved the victim’s life with no regard for his own safety and well-being. The man said he just knew it was the right thing to do. He refused our repeated requests to recognize him publicly for his bravery and heroism,” he continued.

The victim is currently in a medically induced coma, recovering from his injuries.

The cause of the fire is yet to be determined, however, arson remains unsuspected at this time.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Detective Brandon Bertram at 209-664-7323.

Homeless encampment causes acre large vegetation fire alongside freeway Saturday evening

On Saturday, April 23rd, 2022, at 5:56 pm, the Turlock Fire Department was dispatched to a reported vegetation fire across the street from Valley Industrial Park, 401 S Walnut Rd, Turlock.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they found an approximately acre large vegetation fire burning alongside the freeway on the embankment across the street from the location.

Firefighters immediately began fire attack and were able to bring the fire under control within about fifteen minutes and then fully extinguish it shortly thereafter. A good samaritan with a shovel also assisted in firefighting efforts.

The fire is believed to have been started at the homeless encampment just east of S Walnut Rd alongside the railroad tracks. An employee of a nearby business claimed that a transient had started the fire, however, was not able to specify exactly how.

The fire caused a large amount of smoke which resulted in a traffic hazard on the freeway, so the California Highway Patrol responded to provide traffic control. The Turlock Police Department also provided traffic control on surface streets to allow firefighters to work.

The exact cause of the fire remains unknown.

No injuries were reported.

Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call the Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit at 209-525-5537.

Vehicle at auto body shop catches on fire Thursday night

On Thursday, April 21st, 2022, at 11:04 pm, the Turlock Fire Department was dispatched to a reported vehicle fire at Ayala’s Body Shop, 510 Lander Ave, Turlock.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they located a fully involved white Kia sedan parked on the sidewalk in front of the business.

Firefighters worked in the offensive strategy and were able to quickly bring the fire under control and extinguish it, preventing it from spreading to anything nearby.

Firefighters found some items lying on the passenger seat of the vehicle that they deemed suspicious, so the Turlock Police Department was asked to respond to investigate.

The cause of the fire remains unknown.

No injuries were reported.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call the Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit at 209-525-5537.

Fire burns interior of abandoned home previously seen occupied by squatters Saturday afternoon

On Saturday, April 16th, 2022, at 3:29 pm, the Turlock Fire Department, Modesto Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported residential working structure fire in the 2200 block of Georgia Way, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a single story single family dwelling emitting heavy smoke that was from a fire that had started inside of the residence and extended into the attic.

Crews worked in the offensive strategy and were able to quickly bring the fire under control in about fifteen minutes, extinguishing it shortly thereafter.

Firefighters remained on scene for an extended period of time after the fire was out, conducting overhaul, investigation, and other post fire activities.

The Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit responded to the scene to investigate the fire, American Medical Response responded to the scene to provide firefighter and patient care, the Turlock Irrigation District and Pacific Gas and Electric Company responded to the scene to secure utilities, the Turlock Police Department responded to the scene to provide traffic control, while the Turlock Rural Fire Protection District provided city coverage for the duration of the incident.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire remains unknown, however, it is known that the residence has been abandoned for a while now and that squatters have been seen inside of it in the past.

Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call the Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit at 209-525-5537.

Good samaritan saves man in burning vehicle early Thursday morning

On Thursday, April 14th, 2022, at 12:09 am, the Turlock Fire Department was dispatched to a reported vehicle fire at 250 D St, Turlock.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they found a fully involved Chevrolet sedan. Firefighters began fire attack and were able to quickly extinguish the fire, keeping it contained to only the vehicle.

A victim suffering third-degree burns was located nearby. He was airlifted by PHI Air Medical Services to a regional burn center. Surgery was performed and he is currently in critical but stable condition.

The Turlock Police Department and Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit responded to the scene to conduct an arson investigation. At this point in time, this does not appear to be an arson, however, the investigation remains on-going and that is subject to change at any time. The cause of the fire is yet to be determined.

Surveillance footage obtained by detectives showed that the victim had originally been in the back seat of the vehicle and had been pulled out by a good samaritan while the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames. The good samaritan did not remain on scene and detectives are asking that they come forward to provide a statement.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Detective Brandon Bertram at 209-664-7323.

Firefighters respond to grass fire underneath Linwood overpass Monday afternoon

On Monday, April 4th, 2022, at 2:35 pm, the Turlock Fire Department was dispatched to a reported vegetation fire at the intersection of W Linwood Ave and W Glenwood Ave, Turlock.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they found a grass fire about an acre large with a moderate rate of spread that was close to large farming equipment.

Firefighters were able to quickly bring the fire under control and put it out, keeping it contained to the grass.

Firefighters remained on scene for an extended period of time mopping up.

The fire created a lot of smoke which began causing a traffic hazard, especially on the freeway, however, no known vehicle collisions were caused as a result of it.

It appears that fire season has started early this year, as firefighters have responded to several vegetation fires over the past few days.

Tractor trailer fire extends into building Sunday afternoon

On Sunday, March 27th, 2022, at 1:40 pm, the Turlock Fire Department was dispatched to a reported vehicle fire at Northern Refrigerated Transportation, 2700 W Main St, Turlock.

While responding, firefighters learned that it was a refrigerated tractor trailer that was on fire and that the fire was spreading into a building through the loading dock door. The incident was then upgraded to a commercial working structure fire, which brought in several additional resources from the Turlock Fire Department and Modesto Fire Department, as well as American Medical Response.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they found a fully involved fifty three foot refrigerated tractor trailer full of product. Firefighters immediately began fire attack.

After a bit of work, the fire was finally knocked out. It was determined that the fire did indeed extend into the building, however, the sprinkler system activated and kept the fire at the loading dock area.

An estimated $25,000 of property damage and $400,000 of product loss was caused.

American Medical Response responded to the scene to provide firefighter and patient care, while the Turlock Irrigation District and Pacific Gas and Electric responded to secure utilities. The Modesto Fire Department and Turlock Rural Fire Protection District provided city coverage while the incident was on-going.

It is currently unknown what caused the fire.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call the Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit at 209-525-5537.

Firefighters respond to suspicious tree fire early Thursday morning

On Thursday, March 3rd, 2022, at 3:56 am, the Turlock Fire Department was dispatched to a reported vegetation fire at Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, 900 N Broadway, Turlock.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they found a tree fully involved next to the fairgrounds arch gate.

Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire and prevent it from spreading to the arch gate or a communication line above.

The fire is being deemed suspicious because a similar fire occurred in the same area on a different tree last week on Tuesday, February 22nd.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call the Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit at 209-525-5537.

Man drops lit cigarette in vehicle and starts fire early Thursday morning

On Thursday, March 3rd, 2022, at 12:02 am, the Turlock Fire Department was dispatched to a reported vehicle fire at Walmart Neighborhood Market, 2480 Geer Rd, Turlock.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they found a silver Toyota sedan fully involved.

Crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire and prevent it from spreading to another vehicle and a tree just a few feet away, as well as some power lines just above it.

When firefighters spoke to the vehicle’s owner, he told them that he was smoking a cigarette inside his vehicle and accidentally dropped it, starting the fire.

Firefighters respond to series of arson fires Monday night

On Monday, February 28th, 2022, at 9:46 pm, the Turlock Fire Department was dispatched to a reported potential structure fire at a residence in the 200 block of E Monte Vista Ave, Turlock.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they found a debris fire burning in the backyard of an abandoned home. Firefighters were able to quickly put the fire out and prevent it from spreading to any surrounding structures.

At 9:52 pm, firefighters were dispatched to a reported dumpster fire next to Carl’s Jr., 2980 Geer Rd.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they found a dumpster with its contents fully involved. Firefighters were able to quickly put the fire out and keep it contained to the dumpster.

At 9:57 pm, firefighters at the Carl’s Jr. fire were flagged down about another dumpster fire behind Accurate Family Dental, 2840 Geer Rd.

Additional crews were dispatched to that location and found another dumpster with its contents fully involved. Firefighters were able to quickly put the fire out and keep it contained to the dumpster, preventing it from spreading to a vehicle parked just a few feet away.

Due to the fires being in such close proximity and time to each other, they were all determined to be arson fires.

The Turlock Police Department responded and checked the area for a possible suspect, but were unable to locate one.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call the Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit at 209-525-5537.

Fire in room of home extends into attic Saturday night

On Saturday, February 26th, 2022, at 8:10 pm, the Turlock Fire Department, Modesto Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported residential working structure fire in the 1700 block of Provo St, Turlock.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they found a single story single family dwelling with smoke emitting from its roof. They made entry into the home and found a fire that had started in a room and extended into the attic.

Firefighters worked in the offensive strategy and were able to quickly bring the fire under control and knock it down within minutes, preventing any further spread.

Firefighters remained on scene for an extended period of time after the fire was out, conducting overhaul, investigation, and other post fire activities.

The Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit responded to the scene to investigate the fire, American Medical Response responded to the scene to provide firefighter and patient care, the Turlock Irrigation District and Pacific Gas and Electric responded to the scene to secure utilities, while the Turlock Rural Fire Protection District provided city coverage during the duration of the incident.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire remains unknown.

Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call the Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit at 209-525-5537.

Old Jura’s Pizza Parlor location goes up in flames Thursday night

On Thursday, February 24th, 2022, at 11:52 pm, the Turlock Fire Department, Modesto Fire Department, Turlock Police Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported commercial working structure fire at one of the old Jura’s Pizza Parlor locations, 309 N Center St, Turlock.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they found the structure fully involved.

Firefighters worked in the defensive strategy towards bringing the fire under control and knocking it out. Bringing the fire under control took awhile and required additional resources from the Modesto Fire Department and Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District.

Firefighters remained on scene for an extended period of time after the fire was out conducting overhaul, investigation, and other post fire activities.

The Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit responded to the scene to investigate the fire, American Medical Response responded to the scene to provide firefighter and patient care, the Turlock Irrigation District and Pacific Gas and Electric responded to the scene to secure utilities, the Turlock Police Department responded to the scene to provide traffic control, while the Turlock Rural Fire Protection District provided city coverage during the duration of the incident.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire remains unknown.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call the Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit at 209-525-5537.

Abandoned house goes up in flames Monday morning

On Monday, January 24th, 2022, at 6:56 am, the Turlock Fire Department, Modesto Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported residential working structure fire at a residence in the 1500 block of W Monte Vista Ave, Turlock.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they found an abandoned single story single family dwelling fully involved.

Firefighters worked to knock the fire out in the defensive strategy. They were able to get it under control in about thirty minutes.

Firefighters remained on scene for an extended period of time after the fire was out conducting overhaul, investigation, and other post fire activities.

American Medical Response responded to the scene to provide firefighter care, while the Turlock Rural Fire Protection District and Modesto Fire Department provided city coverage while the incident was on-going.

The cause of the fire remains unknown.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Fire Marshal Mark Gomez at 209-669-2119.

Man arrested after lighting fire due to argument Monday afternoon

On Monday, January 10th, 2022, at 2:19 pm, the Turlock Fire Department was dispatched to a miscellaneous fire behind Dubyak Family Chiropractic Center, 3008 Geer Rd, Turlock.

As firefighters were responding to the scene, additional information was received that the fire had spread to a fence and power pole, so the incident was upgraded to a potential structure fire. Information was also received that the fire had been intentionally lit by a subject later identified as Raymond Cornejo, 49, of Turlock, after he had been in an argument was someone, so the Turlock Police Department was dispatched.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they found a tent, a fence, a power pole, and other debris all on fire. Firefighters were able to quickly get the fire knocked down, preventing spread to very nearby businesses and residences.

A witness who had seen Cornejo light the fire followed him to the intersection of Tampa St and Niagra St, reporting his whereabouts to responding officers. Officers were able to detain Cornejo and he was positively identified as the subject who lit the fire by the witness.

Cornejo was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of arson and vandalism over $400.

Walmart men’s restroom catches fire Sunday evening

On Sunday, January 2nd, 2022, at 5:18 pm, the Turlock Fire Department was dispatched to a commercial fire alarm at Walmart, 2111 Fulkerth Rd, Turlock.

As crews were responding, additional information was received that there was smoke seen in the men’s restroom. The incident was then upgraded to a commercial potential structure which added additional resources.

When crews arrived on scene, they found heavy smoke coming from the men’s restroom and confirmed that there was a fire, which upgraded the incident to a commercial working structure fire, which brought in additional Turlock resources as well as the Modesto Fire Department and American Medical Response.

Crews worked in the offensive strategy to put the fire out. They were able to get it knocked down within a few minutes and keep it contained to the restroom.

American Medical Response responded to the scene to provide firefighter and patient care and the Modesto Fire Department provided city coverage while the incident was on-going.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is yet to be determined and remains under investigation, however, it is suspected to be arson as a suspicious person was seen entering and exiting the restroom a few minutes prior to the alarm going off.

Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Fire Marshal Mark Gomez at 209-669-2119.

Elderly woman displaced by fire in her townhome Monday night

On Monday, December 27th, 2021, at 10:15 pm, the Turlock Fire Department was dispatched to a check out at Centurion Plaza, 3100 Andre Ln, Turlock, for reports of smoke in the complex.

As firefighters were responding, additional calls began to come in reporting that there was a townhouse on fire. The incident was then upgraded to a residential working structure fire which brought in several additional engines, a truck, and four Chief officers from both the Turlock and Modesto fire departments.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they found a two story townhome with heavy fire conditions in the attic and on the roof. Firefighters worked in both the defensive and offensive strategies for over an hour before they were able to put the fire out.

After the fire was put out, crews still remained on scene for over an hour conducting investigation, overhaul, and other post fire activities.

The fire had begun in the attic and spread to the roof and the second story of the townhome, however, not to any of the adjacent townhomes.

No one was injured during the incident.

The townhome had one resident, an 84-year old female, who was displaced by the fire. She has family in the area that she will be staying with.

American Medical Response responded to provide firefighter and patient care, the Turlock Irrigation District and Pacific Gas and Electric responded to secure utilities, while the Modesto Fire Department and Turlock Rural Fire Protection District provided city coverage while this incident was on-going.

The cause of the fire is yet to be determined.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Fire Marshal Mark Gomez at 209-669-2119.

Firefighters respond to four arson fires early Wednesday morning

On Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021, at 1:39 am, the Turlock Fire Department was dispatched to a reported trash fire at Chevron, 2300 W Main St, Turlock.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they found a dumpster behind the business fully involved. Firefighters were able to quickly put the fire out and keep it contained to the dumpster.

At 1:43 am, firefighters were dispatched to a second reported trash fire at Turlock Poker Room, 2321 W Main St.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they found two dumpsters side by side behind the business, one fully involved and the other partially involved. Firefighters were able to quickly put the fires out and keep them contained to the dumpsters.

At 1:57 am, firefighters were dispatched to a reported grass fire along the southbound State Route 99 on-ramp at W Main St.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they found some grass and other vegetation including a tree fully involved. Firefighters were able to quickly put the fire out and keep it contained to the vegetation.

Due to the fires being in such close proximity and time to each other, they were all determined to be arson fires.

The Turlock Police Department responded to conduct an arson investigation and check the area for a possible suspect. Unfortunately, they were unable to locate one.

Surveillance cameras were checked at Turlock Poker Room, however, it is currently unknown what those videos showed.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Fire Marshal Mark Gomez at 209-669-2119.

One injured, seven displaced after house fire Thursday evening

On Thursday, December 9th, 2021, at 7:27 pm, the Turlock Fire Department, Modesto Fire Department, Turlock Police Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported residential working structure fire at a residence in the 300 block of Alaska St, Turlock.

As crews were responding to the scene, they could see a large column of smoke in the sky from several miles away.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a single story single family dwelling fully involved. Crews worked in the defensive strategy for a while, trying to prevent the fire from spreading to adjacent homes, as interior fire attack was too dangerous.

Crews eventually moved into the offensive strategy and entered the home once it was safe, finally putting the fire out.

After the fire was put out, crews still remained on scene for several hours conducting overhaul and other post fire activites.

One victim suffered moderate burn injuries. He was ground transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital.

A total of seven residents were displaced due to the fire, five adults and two children. They were provided assistance by the American Red Cross.

The Turlock Irrigation District and Pacific Gas and Electric responded to secure utilities. American Medical Response provided firefighter and patient care, and the Turlock Police Department provided traffic control, while the Modesto Fire Department and Turlock Rural Fire Protection District provided city coverage while this incident was on-going.

The cause of the fire remains unknown.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Fire Marshal Mark Gomez at 209-669-2119.

Firefighters find stovetop fire in residence after responding to fire alarm Thursday night

On Thursday, October 28th, 2021, at 8:28 pm, the Turlock Fire Department was dispatched to a residential fire alarm at a residence in the 600 block of Corello St, Turlock.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they smelt smoke coming from inside the residence. They made entry into the residence where they found a small fire contained to the stovetop in the kitchen. Firefighters were able to quickly put the fire out and prevent it from spreading.

Firefighters remained on scene and conducted smoke removal until the homeowners could arrive back at the scene so the residence could be released back to them.

Contents of Turlock Scavenger truck catch fire Wednesday morning

On Wednesday, September 29th, 2021, at 10:34 am, the Turlock Fire Department was dispatched to a reported vehicle fire at the intersection of N Olive Ave and Moonbeam Way, Turlock.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they found a Turlock Scavenger truck with smoke emitting from its garbage storage space. Firefighters had the truck’s driver dump his load in the middle of the intersection and they confirmed that that was what was on fire.

Firefighters were able to quickly bring the fire under control and put it out shortly after. The fire was contained to the truck’s load and did not extend to the truck itself.

Crews remained on scene for an extended period of time to assist with clean up.

The Turlock Police Department provided traffic control while this incident was on-going.

Turlock Scavenger would like to remind its customers to properly discharge of batteries and other hazardous materials and to throw items in the correct bin. The truck involved in this incident was assigned to empty recycle bins, however, non-recyclables were found in its load, including some batteries, which possibly ignited the fire.

Dogs rescued from burning home Saturday evening

On Saturday, September 25th, 2021, at 5:53 pm, the Turlock Fire Department, Modesto Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported residential working structure fire at a residence in the 800 block of N Broadway, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found moderate amounts of smoke coming from the residence and confirmed that there was a working fire in the interior. Crews worked in the offensive strategy and quickly brought the fire under control, putting it out shortly thereafter. Crews were able to contain the fire to the kitchen.

During search efforts inside the residence, crews did not locate any humans, however, did locate two dogs. They were brought out to safety and were unharmed by the fire.

The Turlock Irrigation District as well as Pacific Gas and Electric Company responded to the scene to secure utilities, while American Medical Response responded to provide firefighter and patient care. The Modesto Fire Department and Turlock Rural Fire Protection District provided city coverage while this incident was on-going.

The fire’s cause is suspected to be an electrical issue in the kitchen, however, that is yet to have been confirmed and still remains under investigation. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Fire Marshal Mark Gomez at 209-669-2119.

Man carjacked, vehicle set afire hour later Saturday night

On Thursday, September 16th, 2021, at 9:16 pm, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a reported carjacking that had just occurred at a residence in the 8400 block of W Main St, Turlock.

When deputies arrived on scene, they met with the victim who told them that while he was in his vehicle in his driveway at about 9:00 pm, a male about five feet nine inches tall, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with his face covered by the hood, approached him on foot and told him that he needed his vehicle. The victim then told deputies that he got out of his vehicle and was about to fight with the subject, when the subject brandished a handgun, pushed him out of the way, got into the vehicle, and drove off eastbound on W Main St.

About an hour later at 10:42 pm, the Keyes Fire Protection District was dispatched to a reported vehicle fire at the intersection of N Tully Rd and W Barnhart Rd, Turlock. When firefighters arrived on scene and gave dispatch the plate of the vehicle that was on fire, dispatch told them that the vehicle was just carjacked and that she would send deputies their way. Firefighters were able to quickly put out the fire and keep it contained to the vehicle.

Deputies responded to the scene of the fire and noticed shoe prints on the ground leading into the orchard just east of the intersection. Deputies were able to confirm that the shoe prints did not match those of any of the firefighters who were on scene. Deputies requested that the airship respond overhead and check the orchard just east of the intersection. When the airship arrived, they were unable to locate anyone.

Deputies recovered the burned vehicle and the investigation remains on-going.

Vehicles catches fire while being worked on Sunday afternoon

On Sunday, September 12th, 2021, at 1:01 pm, the Turlock Fire Department was dispatched to a reported vehicle fire at Walmart, 2111 Fulkerth Rd, Turlock.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they located a silver Toyota sedan with its passenger compartment fully involved. Firefighters were able to quickly put the fire out without it spreading anywhere.

The owner of the vehicle stated that he was doing mechanical work on it, when for an unknown reason, it caught fire.

The vehicle’s interior was completely burned and the vehicle had to be towed away from the scene.

Man suffers from burn injuries early Tuesday morning as a result of vehicle fire

On Tuesday, July 27th, 2021, at 4:03 am, the Turlock Fire Department was dispatched to a reported residential working structure fire at a residence in the 1200 block of Payne Way, Turlock.

The first arriving unit, a battalion chief, arrived on scene to locate two vehicles in the driveway of the home fully involved with no extension to the home yet, however, requested that all structure fire resources continue in case it did extend to the home as no engines were on scene yet. The first arriving engine took a while to get there and came from across town as the engines on that side of town were already committed to medical aids. Once it did arrive on scene, its crew was quickly able to bring the fire under control and extinguish it without it extending to the home.

One person, a 20-year old male suffered non-life threatening burn injuries to his hands as a result of this incident. After being treated on scene by American Medical Response, he was airlifted to a burn center by CALSTAR Air Medical Services.

The Ceres Fire Department provided city coverage while this incident was on-going.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown and remains under investigation. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call Fire Marshal Mark Gomez at 209-669-2119.

Cardboard bales set afire behind Walmart Sunday night

On Sunday, July 25th, 2021, at approximately 8:55 pm, the Turlock Fire Department received a call of a fire behind Walmart Neighborhood Market located at 2480 Geer Rd. Engine 31 and Engine 33 were dispatched.

Engine 33 arrived on scene a few minutes later to find a large stack of cardboard bales on fire behind the business. Captain 33 assumed command and had crews begin attack. The fire was quickly brought under control, however, it took a while to fully put it out. City crews were requested to respond with a dozer to break apart the bales so the fire could be properly put out.

Due to the high amount of embers cast, the neighborhood behind the fire was patrolled to ensure there was no extension. Once city crews arrived on scene, the fire was fully put out.

The cause of the fire is suspected to be arson as there have been several similar-type fires at this location before. Anyone with information regarding this fire is encouraged to contact Fire Marshal Mark Gomez at 209-669-2119 or by email at MGomez@turlock.ca.us.

Tuesday night grass fire threatens Denny’s

On Tuesday, July 20th, 2021, at approximately 11:10 pm, the Turlock Fire Department received a call of a grass fire threatening Denny’s located at 1991 Lander Ave. The Turlock Fire Department’s Battalion 4, Engine 31, and Squad 32 were dispatched along with the Turlock Police Department to assist with evacuating the business and traffic control.

Squad 32 arrived on scene a couple minutes later to find the fire between the Denny’s and the northbound State Route 99 on-ramp. Captain 32 assumed command and had crews begin attack. The fire was quickly brought under control and extinguished without reaching the structure.

The cause of the fire remains unknown. No injuries were reported.

Wednesday morning stove fire contained by firefighters

On Tuesday, July 13th, 2021, at approximately 8:30 am, the Turlock Fire Department received a call of a potential structure fire in the 900 block of Georgetown Ave. The caller reported that her stove top had caught fire and was spreading to the rest of the kitchen. Battalion 4, Engine 31, Engine 33, and Engine 34 were dispatched.

Engine 34 arrived on scene within a couple minutes of being dispatched and reported that smoke was visible from both upstairs and downstairs windows of the residence. Crews made entry into the residence and found a kitchen fully involved. They were quickly able to knock down and extinguish the fire, preventing any further damage.

The damage caused was estimated to be about $70,000. The American Red Cross responded to provide assistance to the two residents of the home who have been temporarily displaced until repairs have been made.

Candle causes fire at Vista Apartments Thursday evening

On Thursday, July 1st, 2021, at approximately 7:05 pm, the Turlock Fire Department received a call of a working structure fire at The Vista Apartments located at 900 W Monte Vista Ave. The Turlock Fire Department’s Battalion 4, Engine 31, Squad 32, Engine 33, and Engine 34 were dispatched along with the Ceres Fire Department’s Battalion 3 and Engine 15, and the Turlock and Stanislaus State police departments.

Engine 33 arrived on scene a couple minutes later and crews found a small fire in a bedroom. The fire was quickly brought under control and extinguished. The investigation revealed that a candle caused the fire, after it spread from the candle to the surrounding contents and the wall. Crews remained on scene for an extended period of time to ventilate the building and check for possible extension.

The Turlock Rural Fire Protection District provided city coverage during the beginning of this incident but were later relieved by Ceres units after they were released from the scene. Turlock Irrigation District and Pacific Gas and Electric responded to the scene but were canceled upon their arrival due to the fire not spreading to any utilities.

Some residents said that they did not hear the fire alarm sound and only knew about the fire after smelling smoke or receiving text messages. The fire department says that the alarm did go off but not right away because the fire took a while to reach the smoke detector due to how small and slow growing it was. No injuries were reported.

Man arrested Monday evening after trying to set occupied home on fire twice

On Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021, at approximately 7:50 am, the Turlock Fire Department received a call of a working structure fire in the 500 block of Sunnyside Dr. Battalion 4, Squad 32, Engine 33, and Engine 34 were dispatched. The caller, who lived across the street from the residence, noticed the fire and ran to the home to wake up and alert its occupants’, which are three adults and three children.

Upon Battalion 4’s arrival, he reported that there was nothing showing, but an occupant of the home was reporting that her air conditioning system was on fire. Upon further investigation, it was revealed that the fire was already out. The Turlock Police Department was requested to respond and investigate the incident as an arson, as there was information provided that someone had intentionally thrown an incendiary device at the home to start a fire.

Officers responded and further revealed that there was a previous fire at the residence on Monday, May 24th, 2021, which was not reported at the time. It was determined that fire was also caused by an incendiary device. On Wednesday, June 21st, 2021, detectives identified J.D. Dwaine Lucas, 37, of Turlock, as their suspect.

On that same day, detectives determined a location where Lucas would possibly be at. Detectives began a stake out at the location and Lucas was later located there. Detectives and officers made contact with Lucas and took him into custody without incident. Lucas was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on two counts of arson on an inhabited dwelling and six counts of child abuse, which is a result of three children being inside the home both times the fires were intentionally set.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Officer Gina Giovacchini at 209-668-6539 or by email at GGiovacchini@turlock.ca.us. You can also leave an anonymous tip at the Turlock Police Department’s tip line at 209-668-5550 extension 6780 or by email at tpdtipline@turlock.ca.us.

J.D. Dwaine Lucas

Man arrested Saturday afternoon after attempting to set restaurant on fire

On Saturday, June 12th, 2021, at approximately 4:30 pm, the Turlock Fire Department received a call of a potential structure fire at 10 East Kitchen and Tap House located at 10 E Main St. The caller reported that there was a small fire that was set underneath an old train car used for restaurant seating. The Turlock Fire Department’s Battalion 4, Engine 31, Squad 32, and Engine 34 were dispatched.

The fire was put out by staff prior to crews’ arrival. The Turlock Police Department was requested to respond and investigate the incident as an arson since multiple witnesses had seen a man intentionally lighting the fire. A description of the man was provided and officers began searching for him.

A short time later, officers located a man in the area matching the description, later identified as Raman Kumar, 30 of Modesto. Kumar was detained and taken to witnesses to see if they could positively identify him as the man who started the fire. Witnesses did confirm that it was Kumar, and Kumar was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on one charge of arson on an inhabited structure.

Raman Kumar

Drunk driver arrested after fleeing from collision scene Friday evening

On Friday, June 11th, 2021, at approximately 5:50 pm, the Turlock Police Department received a call of a property damage vehicle collision that had just occurred at the intersection of E Hawkeye Ave and N Daubenberger Rd. The caller reported that he was broadsided by a vehicle being driven by a female, later identified as Leticia Ferreyra, 38, of Stockton, and that she had failed to stop. Witnesses attempted to block Ferreyra in, however, they were unsuccessful in their efforts and she was able to escape.

Multiple witnesses followed Ferreyra to Geer Rd and E Whitmore Ave in unincorporated Hughson, where her vehicle became disabled and caught fire. Deputies with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office made contact with Ferreyra and detained her until the Turlock Police Department could respond and take over the scene, and the Hughson Fire Protection District responded to put out the fire.

When Turlock Police officers arrived in Hughson, they asked Ferreyra to conduct field sobriety tests and provide a sample of her breathe because she was displaying symptoms of intoxication. Ferreyra refused to conduct the tests, so she was placed under arrest. Ferreyra was transported to a local area hospital to provide a blood sample, which she also refused. An on-call judge authorized a search warrant for her blood. After her blood was obtained, she was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of driving under the influence, hit and run causing property damage, and driving with a suspended license.

Leticia Ferreyra

Wrong way driver killed in fiery Tuesday night crash, others injured

On Tuesday, June 1st, 2021, at approximately 10:35 pm, the California Highway Patrol began receiving multiple calls reporting a wrong way driver in a red Ford Focus travelling northbound in the southbound lanes of State Route 99 north of Lander Ave.

When officers arrived in the area, they located the vehicle stopped in the center median of southbound State Route 99 facing northbound just under the W Linwood Ave overpass. Officers approached the vehicle and noticed that the engine was running, the headlights were on, the transmission was in drive, and the driver was slumped over behind the wheel. Officers also noticed several empty beer bottles on the floorboard. Officers made several attempts to wake up the driver before he suddenly woke up and accelerated forward, failing to obey the orders of the officers to stop. The vehicle struck the front of the patrol vehicle before continuing to drive northbound in the southbound lanes.

About three minutes later, the vehicle was involved in a fiery head-on crash with gray Chevrolet Silverado just underneath the W Canal Dr overpass. California Highway Patrol officers arrived on scene immediately after the crash happened and requested assistance from the Turlock Police Department. American Medical Response and the Turlock Fire Department’s Battalion 4, Engine 31, Squad 32, Engine 33, and Engine 34 were also dispatched.

When crews arrived on scene, they declared the wrong-way driver deceased after extricating him from the vehicle. He was identified as Marvin Hernandez, 44, of Daly City. The driver of the vehicle Hernandez struck, Luis Torres-Perez, 21, of Delhi, and his passenger, Emily Garcia, 20, of Turlock, both survived the crash and are expected to make it. Torres-Perez was transported to a local area hospital with minor injuries and Garcia was transported to a local area hospital with major injuries.

The southbound lanes of State Route 99 were closed for several hours to conduct the investigation. Alcohol is suspected to be the primary collision factor.

Three perish in early Sunday morning house fire

On Sunday, May 30th, 2021, at approximately 1:45 am, the Denair Fire Protection District received a call of a working structure fire in the 3500 block of Fresno Ave. Units from Denair, Turlock Rural, Keyes, and Hughson Fire Protection Districts were dispatched as well as a member of the Stanislaus Fire Investigation Unit.

Denair Chief 2 was the first to arrive. Upon his arrival, he found a single story single family residence fully involved with power lines down. He was then told that there were two kids possibly stuck in the home. At that time, he immediately put crews into rescue mode and requested a second alarm which brought in units from the Turlock Fire Department as well as the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District. Crews began rescue efforts and made entry into a portion of the residence, but were forced to pull out due to heavy fire and collapsing roof.

Crews worked to extinguish the fire and upon doing so, located three victims deceased in the house. They have been ideified as Sergio Inostros Jr., 25, of Denair, Mason Mulgado, 8, of Denair, and Bennet Inostros, 3, of Denair. The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office responded at that point to take over the investigation.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information regarding this fire is encouraged to contact Detective Dalton Gonzalez at 209-595-8686.

Denair appliance store goes up in flames Wednesday evening

On Wednesday, May 26th, 2021, at approximately 7:05 pm, the Denair Fire Protection District received a call of a working structure fire at A&R Appliances located at 3748 N Santa Fe Ave in the community of Denair. Units from the Denair, Turlock Rural, Keyes, and Hughson Fire Protection Districts were dispatched as well as a member of the Stanislaus Fire Investigation Unit.

While responding, Denair Chief 1 saw a large column of smoke from about 3 miles away and called for a second alarm. This brought in units from the Turlock Fire Department as well as units from the Mountain View, Westport, and Burbank Paradise Fire Protection Districts. Denair Chief 1 arrived on scene shortly after to find a commercial structure fully involved with exposures threatened. He assumed command and requested an aerial to respond which caused Stanislaus Consolidated Quint 22 to be dispatched along with Modesto Battalion 5.

When crews began arriving on scene they immediately began attacking the fire in the defensive strategy. Crews were able to bring the fire under control after a while and switched to the offensive strategy upon doing so. They were able to get the fire completely out shortly after that.

The fire was contained to the one structure, which was declared a total loss. The estimated value of the loss is approximately $300,000. American Medical Response responded to provide firefighter and patient care, while the California Highway Patrol responded to provide traffic control. Additionally, the Turlock Irrigation District responded along with Pacific Gas and Electric to secure utilities.

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.

Saturday evening pursuit leads to fiery crash, driver arrested

On Saturday, May 22nd, 2021, at approximately 7:20 pm, a Turlock Police officer on patrol in the area of Spruce St and South Ave attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle for a violation of the California Vehicle Code when the driver, later identified as Edgar Madrigal, 20, of Turlock, began fleeing from him.

Madrigal went westbound on South Ave and eventually crashed into the embankment where South Ave turns into S Tully Rd. The crash caused the grass to set on fire, which later set the vehicle on fire, however, Madrigal was able to successfully escape the vehicle before that point. Madrigal was taken into custody without further incident and after receiving medical clearance from a local area hospital, was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on a single charge of flight from a peace officer with disregard to public safety.

The Turlock Fire Department’s Battalion 4, Squad 32, and Engine 34 were dispatched to put out the fire and the California Highway Patrol was requested for traffic control on the freeway due to the fire’s proximity to it. The fire was quickly brought under control and extinguished without causing any further damage or injuries.

Edgar Madrigal

Tuesday afternoon grass fire caused by mowing extends into home

On Tuesday, May 18th, 2021, at approximately 3:00 pm, the Turlock Fire Department received a call of a vegetation fire in the field located at 1309 Fifth St. Engine 33 was dispatched. A short time later, Chief 3 radioed in that a column of smoke was showing in the sky from about a mile away. At that point, all other Turlock Fire units began responding, including Chief 2, Chief 3, Battalion 4, Engine 31, Squad 32, and Engine 34.

The first unit arrived on scene to find a grass fire about 2 acres in size extending into a residence located in the 1200 block of Milhous St. The incident was at that point upgraded to a working structure fire which automatically brought in one battalion chief and one type-one engine from the Ceres Fire Department per a resource sharing agreement. That was not enough, however. Additional Ceres Fire Department units were requested as well as units from the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District, Keyes Fire Protection District, Denair Fire Protection District, Turlock Rural Fire Protection District, and Mountain View Fire Protection District.

Crews began attacking the fire in the offensive strategy and at that point located three dogs inside the residence. They were safely removed and did not sustain any injuries, however, one did bite a firefighter, who was treated on scene by American Medical Response for the dog bite and a first degree thermal burn sustained during initial firefighting efforts. The Turlock Police Department’s Animal Services unit responded and placed the dog on a ten day quarantine at home.

Crews continued to attack the fire and brought it under control about an hour after their arrival time. It was completely put out about 45 minutes after that. Non-fire resources on scene included the Turlock Police Department for traffic and crowd control, the Turlock Police Department’s Animal Services unit for the dog bite, American Medical Response for firefighter and patient care, along with the Turlock Irrigation District and Pacific Gas and Electric to secure utilities. Throughout the incident, multiple different fire departments took care of city coverage.

The cause of the fire was determined to be a mowing operation. The damage caused by the fire consisted of the vegetation where the fire started, the attic and the majority of the effected residence’s interior, and the back fence of the residence to the south of the primary residence. Two residents were displaced but refused assistance from the American Red Cross.

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.

Sunday night vehicle fire damages church building

On Sunday, May 9th, 2021, at approximately 9:30 pm, the Turlock Fire Department received a call of a vehicle fire in an alleyway next to Blessed Hope Assyrian Church located at 125 S Orange St. Squad 32 was dispatched. While Squad 32 was en route, additional information was obtained that the fire had reached the church’s exterior. The incident was then upgraded to a working structure fire which added Battalion 4, Engine 31, Engine 33, and Engine 34.

Squad 32 arrived on scene a short while later and located a vehicle fully involved with flames touching the church’s exterior. Captain 32 assumed command and put crews in the offensive strategy. Other units began arriving on on scene and were able to quickly bring the fire under control, extinguishing it shortly thereafter. Engine 34 was cancelled while en route. The fire damaged a portion of the church’s exterior walls.

The Fire Marshal and the Turlock Police Department were called out to investigate the fire due to the circumstances surrounding it. The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information regarding this fire is encouraged to contact Fire Marshal Mark Gomez at 209-669-2119 or by email at MGomez@turlock.ca.us.

Friday afternoon debris fire extends into garage

On Friday, April 30th, 2021, at approximately 2:45 pm, the Turlock Fire Department received a call of a working structure fire in the 300 block of N Thor St. The Turlock Fire Department’s Battalion 4, Engine 31, Squad 32, Engine 33, and Engine 34 responded along with the Ceres Fire Department’s Battalion 3 and Engine 15.

Engine 31 arrived on scene a few minutes later to find some debris on fire that had extended to a detached garage. Captain 31 assumed command and put crews in the offensive strategy. Crews began fire attack, bringing the fire under control within minutes and extinguished shortly thereafter.

No injuries were sustained as a result of this fire. American Medical Response responded to provide firefighter care and the Turlock Irrigation District responded along with Pacific Gas and Electric to secure utilities. The Turlock Rural Fire Protection District provided city coverage during the beginning part of this incident and the Ceres Fire Department took over once they were released from the scene.

The cause of the fire remains unknown and under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this fire should contact Fire Marshal Mark Gomez at 209-669-2119 or by email at MGomez@turlock.ca.us.

Fire breaks out in home early Saturday morning

On Saturday, April 17th, 2021, at approximately 12:45 am, the Turlock Fire Department received a call of a working structure fire in the 900 block of Parnell Ave. The Turlock Fire Department’s Battalion 4, Engine 31, Squad 32, Engine 33, and Engine 34 responded as well as the Ceres Fire Department’s Battalion 3 and Engine 15.

Units began arriving on scene a few minutes later to find a house fully involved with live power lines down. Crews began fire attack and were able to bring the fire under control within a short period of time and extinguish it shortly thereafter.

American Medical Response responded to provide firefighter and patient care while the Turlock Irrigation District and Pacific Gas and Electric responded to secure utilities. The Turlock Rural Fire Protection District provided city coverage while the incident was on going.

No injuries were sustained as a result of this fire, however, one occupant was displaced.

The cause of the fire remains unknown and under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this fire should contact Fire Marshal Mark Gomez at 209-669-2119 or by email at MGomez@turlock.ca.us.

Fire breaks out in warehouse Saturday night, suspect arrested

On Saturday, April 10th, 2021, at approximately 8:50 pm, the Turlock Fire Department received a call of a working structure fire at an old warehouse located at 300 B St. The Turlock Fire Department’s Battalion 4, Engine 31, Squad 32, Engine 33, and Engine 34 responded along with the Ceres Fire Department’s Battalion 3 and Engine 15.

While responding, Battalion 4 saw a large column in the sky and upgraded the call to a working commercial structure fire which added Ceres Engine 18 and Modesto Truck 1. Battalion 4 arrived on scene about a minute later to find a fully involved warehouse. He assumed command and had crews begin fire attack in the defensive strategy.

The fire was brought under control after about thirty minutes and extinguished about an hour after that. Crews remained on scene for an extended period of time conducting overhaul and investigation. The Turlock Rural Fire Protection District provided city coverage while this incident was ongoing. American Medical Response responded to the scene to provide firefighter care while the Turlock Irrigation District responded along with pacific Gas and Electric to secure utilities.

When crews were wrapping up, they noticed a subject just south of their location who had possibly started the fire. The Turlock Police Department was requested to respond and upon contacting him, he admitted to starting the fire. He was identified as Richard Ray, 42, of Turlock. Ray was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on one count of arson. The damage was estimated at approximately $250,000.

Richard Ray

Fire breaks out in warehouse Friday night

On Friday, April 9th, 2021, at approximately 9:25 pm, the Turlock Fire Department received a call of a working structure fire at an old warehouse located at 311 S First St. The Turlock Fire Department’s Battalion 4, Engine 31, Squad 32, Engine 33, and Engine 34 responded along with the Ceres Fire Department’s Battalion 3 and Engine 15.

While responding, Battalion 4 saw a large column in the sky and upgraded the call to a working commercial structure fire which added Ceres Engine 18 and Modesto Truck 1. Battalion 4 arrived on scene about a minute later to find a fully involved warehouse. He assumed command and had crews begin fire attack in the defensive strategy.

The fire was quickly brought under control and extinguished shortly thereafter. Crews remained on scene for an extended period of time conducting overhaul and investigation. Ceres Engine 18 was reassigned to city coverage and Modesto Truck 1 was released. Prior to Ceres Engine 18 being reassigned, the Turlock Rural Fire Protection District provided city coverage. American Medical Response responded to the scene to provide firefighter care while the Turlock Irrigation District responded along with Pacific Gas and Electric to secure utilities.

The cause of the fire remains unknown and under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this fire is encouraged to contact Fire Marshal Mark Gomez at 209-669-2119 or by email at MGomez@turlock.ca.us.

Cat rescued from mobile home fire Tuesday night

On Tuesday, April 6th, 2021, at approximately 9:05 pm, the Turlock Fire Department received a call of a working structure fire at Western View Mobile Home Ranch located at 1400 N Tully Rd. The Turlock Fire Department’s Battalion 4, Engine 31, Squad 32, Engine 33, and Engine 34 responded along with the Ceres Fire Department’s Battalion 3 and Engine 15.

The first arriving fire unit located a mobile home with smoke showing. They immediately made entry and began fire attack. Other units began arriving on scene and assisting. The occupants were able to safely get out, however, their cat, who was named Cat was left behind. The Ceres Fire Department’s Battalion Chief, who is an animal lover, found Cat hiding underneath a sofa and rescued her.

The fire was brought under control within a short amount of time and extinguished shortly thereafter. One occupant of the home was transported to a local area hospital by American Medical Response to be treated for minor smoke inhalation. The Turlock Irrigation District as well as Pacific Gas and Electric responded to secure utilities.

The cause of the fire remains unknown. Anyone with information regarding this fire is encouraged to contact Fire Marshal Mark Gomez at 209-669-2119 or by email at MGomez@turlock.ca.us.

Man arrested after lighting multiple fires Monday and Tuesday nights

On Monday, March 29th, 2021, at approximately 8:10 pm, the Turlock Fire Department received a call of a trash can on fire at Columbia Park located at 595 High St. Squad 32 was dispatched.

Squad 32 arrived on scene a few minutes later to find the fire still burning and extinguished it. The Turlock Police Department also responded to investigate and take a report.

About two hours later, at approximately 10:15 pm, the Turlock Fire Department received a call of a porta-potty on fire in the 500 block of Jason Dr. Squad 32 was dispatched.

Squad 32 arrived on scene a few minutes later to find the porta-potty fully involved. The fire was extinguished and the Turlock Police Department responded again to investigate and take a report.

About 15 minutes later, at approximately 10:30 pm, the Turlock Fire Department received a call of a dumpster on fire next to Golden Valley Health Center located at 1200 W Main St. Squad 32 was dispatched.

Squad 32 arrived on scene a few minutes later to find the dumpster fully involved. The fire was extinguished and the Turlock Police Department responded again to investigate and take a report.

The next day, on Tuesday, March 30th, 2021, at approximately 10:30 pm, the Turlock Fire Department received a call of a small fire along the railroad tracks between West Ave S and S Soderquist Rd. Squad 32 was dispatched.

Squad 32 had a hard time finding the fire originally, however, was later flagged down by the caller and directed to it. Squad 32 personnel found a small pile of smoldering embers with a male standing next to them. The male matched the description of the person seen lighting the fires from the night before in the same area. The Turlock Police Department responded to investigate.

Officers made contact with a witness from one of the previous fires and asked if they could positively identify the subject they were out with as the subject who set the fire they saw, which they did. Officers developed probable cause that a crime was committed and placed the subject they were out with, who was identified as Junior Robles, 31, of Turlock, under arrest for arson.

Fire breaks out in detached storage unit Monday evening

On Monday, March 22nd, 2021, at approximately 7:00 pm, the Turlock Fire Department received a call of a working structure fire at N Golden State Blvd & W Tuolumne Rd. Battalion 4, Engine 31, Squad 32, Engine 33, Engine 34, Ceres Battalion 3, and Ceres Engine 15 were dispatched.

While Engine 34 was responding, they saw a large column of smoke from their station and upgraded it to a commercial working structure fire which added Ceres Engine 16 and Modesto Truck 1. Engine 34 got on scene about two minutes later and found a detached storage unit on fire at the Assyrian American Civic Club located at 2618 N Golden State Blvd. Captain 34 assumed command in the offensive strategy. They reported that they could handle with Turlock units and cancelled Ceres Engine 16 and Modesto Truck 1 while keeping Ceres Battalion 3 and Ceres Engine 15 for city coverage.

Other units began arriving on scene and brought the fire under control within 10 minutes and extinguished it shortly thereafter. Crews remained on scene for an extended period of time to investigate and check for extension. There was no extension.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined and remains under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this fire is encouraged to contact Fire Marshal Mark Gomez at 209-669-2119 or by email at MGomez@turlock.ca.us.

Two suspicious dumpster fires break out downtown Monday night

On Monday, March 22nd, 2021, at approximately 8:15 pm, the Turlock Fire Department received a call of a dumpster fire behind Jack in the Box located at 100 N Golden State Blvd. Due to all Turlock Fire units being committed to a different fire, Ceres Engine 15 responded.

Ceres Engine 15 arrived on scene about two minutes later to locate a dumpster fully involved. They began attack and had the fire under control within minutes and fully extinguished shortly thereafter.

A little over an hour later at approximately 9:20 pm, the Turlock Fire Department received a call of a dumpster fire behind Speedy Pete’s at 231 S Center St. Battalion 4 and Engine 31 were dispatched.

Battalion 4 and Engine 31 arrived on scene about three minutes later to locate a dumpster fully involved. They began attack and had the fire under control within minutes and fully extinguished shortly thereafter.

Both fires were deemed suspicious and suspected to be arson due to their time apart and locations. Anyone with information regarding these fires should contact Fire Marshal Mark Gomez at 209-669-2119 or by email at MGomez@turlock.ca.us.

Home’s chimney catches fire Monday night

On Monday, March 8th, 2021, at approximately 7:40 pm, the Turlock Fire Department received a call of a working structure fire in the 600 block of E Olive Ave. The department responded with Battalion 4, Engine 31, Squad 32, Engine 33, and Engine 34. As part of a resource sharing agreement, the Ceres Fire Department also responded with Battalion 3 and Engine 15.

Battalion 4 and Engine 31 arrived on scene minutes later, originally not finding anything, however, upon getting closer, saw large amounts of smoke coming from the chimney. Battalion 4 assumed command and put crews in the offensive strategy. Crews were able to bring the fire under control within minutes and extinguish it shortly thereafter.

Turlock Irrigation District and Pacific Gas and Electric responded to the scene to secure utilities while Turlock Rural Fire Protection District provided coverage to the city while the incident was ongoing. The scene was cleared just after 8:35 pm. The residents were not displaced due to the fire being contained to the fireplace thanks to the quick response of the fire department.

Arsonist starts fire behind Walmart Neighborhood Market Thursday night

On Thursday, March 4th, 2021, at approximately 7:40 pm, the Turlock Fire Department received a call reporting wooden pallets on fire behind the Walmart Neighborhood Market located at 2480 Geer Rd. The Turlock Fire Department responded with Battalion 4, Engine 33, and Engine 34.

Battalion 4 and Engine 33 arrived on scene approximately fives minutes later to find approximately 40 wooden pallets on fire threatening a structure and other pallets. Battalion 4 assumed command and put crews in the offensive strategy.

Crews began attacking the fire and brought it under control within minutes and fully extinguished it shortly thereafter. Once crews cleaned up, command was terminated and all fire units went clear and available. The Turlock Police Department responded and classified the fire as an arson, however, it’s unknown what exactly led to that classification being made.

Anyone with information regarding this fire should contact Fire Marshal Mark Gomez at 209-669-2119 or by email at MGomez@turlock.ca.us.

Man arrested after robbing supermarket Friday morning

On Friday, February 12th, 2021, at approximately 9:20 am, the Turlock Police Department received a call of a shoplifting that had turned into a robbery at the Grocery Outlet located at 1330 W Main St. The caller, who was an employee at the business, reported a male had stolen merchandise and pulled a knife on him when confronted. The caller then allowed the suspect to leave but followed him at a safe distance providing dispatch with location updates.

An officer got out with the suspect in the 900 block of Vermont Ave and ordered him to get on the ground. The suspect refused to comply and was tased. He was then detained without further incident and positively identified as the suspect by a witness. Officers developed probable cause and therefore placed the suspect, who was identified as Kyle Sierra, 32, of Ceres under arrest. Sierra was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on charges of robbery and resisting a peace officer.

Kyle Sierra

Family displaced after garage fire extends into home early Sunday morning

On Sunday, February 14th, 2021, at approximately 12:10 am, the Turlock Fire Department began receiving multiple calls reporting a working structure fire in the 4600 block of Fosberg Rd. The Turlock Fire Department responded with Battalion 4, Engine 31, Squad 32, Engine 33, and Engine 34. Additionally, the Ceres Fire Department responded with Battalion 3, Engine 15, and Engine 18 as part of a resource sharing agreement.

Engine 33 arrived on scene a few minutes after being dispatched. Upon their arrival, they reported a garage fully involved with the fire spreading to the rest of the residence and threatening the home next door. Captain 33 assumed command and put crews in the offensive strategy.

A large hose line was used to knock down the bulk of the fire in the garage and to prevent further spread while others were used to put out what spread to the rest of the home. Once the fire was put out, crews conducted overhaul and salvaged some personal belongings in the home. Additionally, two of four reported cats were rescued.

American Medical Response responded to provide firefighter care and treat one occupant for minor smoke inhalation. Additionally, the Turlock Police Department responded to provide traffic control and Turlock Irrigation District and Pacific Gas and Electric responded to secure utilities. The Turlock Rural Fire Protection District provided city coverage while this incident was on-going.

The occupants of the home, a mother and her 12-year old daughter were displaced and were provided assistance from the American Red Cross. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined and remains under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this fire is encouraged to contact Fire Marshal Mark Gomez at 209-669-2119 or by email at MGomez@turlock.ca.us.

Latif’s Restaurant damaged by kitchen fire Sunday evening

On Sunday, February 7th, 2021, at approximately 4:40 pm, the Turlock Fire Department received a call of a working structure fire at Latif’s Restaurant located at 111 N Golden State Blvd. The Turlock Fire Department responded with Battalion 4, Engine 31, Squad 32, Engine 33, and Engine 34.

Battalion 4 arrived on scene within minutes and confirmed a working commercial structure fire with heavy smoke from the roof. This added one battalion chief from the Modesto Fire Department, one battalion chief and a type-one engine from the Ceres Fire Department, one type-one engine from the Keyes Fire Protection District, one type-one engine from the Denair Fire Protection District, and one captain and type-one engine from the Turlock Rural Fire Protection District.

When suppression units arrived on scene, they entered the business and located a fire in the kitchen. Luckily, the businesses’ fire suppression systems held the fire down until crews were able to make an offensive attack. The fire was brought under control and extinguished shortly thereafter. Crews conducted overhaul and cleared from the scene at approximately 7:00 pm.

The Turlock Police Department assisted with traffic control, American Medical Response with patient and firefighter care, and both the Turlock Irrigation District and Pacific Gas and Electric with securing utilities.

The fire started on a commercial cooktop and was determined to be accidental. Several other fires occurred south of the location near and under the Golden State overpass while this was going on, however, they were determined to be unrelated to this and were caused by an arsonist.

Latif’s Restaurant will be closed until further notice. A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to support Latif’s employees while the business is closed. You may donate by clicking here.

Garage fire breaks out at home late Thursday night

On Thursday, December 17th, 2020, at approximately 11:00 pm, the Turlock Fire Department received a call of a working structure fire in the 1400 block of Merritt St. The caller reported that there were smoke and flames in their garage and that everything was burning. Battalion 4, Engine 31, Squad 32, Engine 33, and Engine 34 were dispatched as well as Ceres Battalion 3 and Ceres Engine 16 per a resource sharing agreement. Additionally, Turlock Rural Fire Protection District was tasked with providing coverage to the city while this incident was on-going.

Battalion 4 and Engine 31 arrived on scene at approximately 11:05 pm. Battalion 4 reported a fully involved detached garage fire. Battalion 4 assumed command in the offensive strategy. Others units began arriving on scene and assisting Engine 31 with fire attack as well as setting up a water supply. Fire crews forced entry into the garage with a chainsaw to reach the fire. The fire was brought under control at approximately 11:25 pm and fully extinguished shortly thereafter. Ceres units were cancelled while responding and Squad 32 was cleared shortly after arriving on scene.

After a short while, most units began clearing, leaving Battalion 4 and Engine 31 on scene to conduct various after fire activities. Turlock Irrigation District as well as Pacific Gas and Electric responded to secure utilities. American Medical Response was on scene to provide patient care to the residents or firefighters if needed, however, no one was injured during this fire and the residents were not displaced due to the fire never reaching the house thanks to the quick response of the Turlock Fire Department.

The Fire Marshal responded to conduct an investigation. No cause has yet been determined. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Fire Marshal Mark Gomez at 209-669-2119 or by email at MGomez@turlock.ca.us.

Unknown cause fire breaks out in apartment late Monday evening

On Monday, December 14th, 2020, at approximately 7:25 pm, the Turlock Fire Department received a call of a working structure fire at the Boardwalk Apartments located at 900 W Zeering Rd. Battalion 4, Engine 31, Squad 32, Engine 33, and Engine 34 were dispatched along with Ceres Battalion 3 and Ceres Engine 15. Neighbors who reported the fire forced entry into the apartment with a garden hose in an attempt to keep the fire knocked down until fire crews could arrive.

Engine 34 arrived on scene at approximately 7:30 pm. Captain 34 reported smoke showing from a second story apartment and put Engine 34 in the investigation mode. Crews quickly discovered that there was an active fire in the apartment and transitioned into fire attack in the offensive strategy. The fire was quickly brought under control and extinguished shortly thereafter, preventing any further damage or any injuries.

Once the fire was brought under control, Ceres units were released from the scene and reassigned to provide coverage in the north end of the city while Turlock units were still on scene conducting overhaul and other various activities. Turlock Rural Fire Protection District also provided coverage in the south end of the city.

The Fire Marshal responded to conduct an investigation. No cause has yet been determined. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Fire Marshal Mark Gomez at 209-669-2119 or by email at MGomez@turlock.ca.us.

Propane tank explosion damages vehicle, injures person Saturday afternoon

On Saturday, December 12th, 2020, shortly after 1:10 pm, the Turlock Fire Department received multiple calls reporting that a propane tank had exploded which caused a vehicle to catch fire at 101 E Glenwood Ave. Battalion 4, Engine 31, and Squad 32 were dispatched.

Squad 32 arrived on scene at approximately 1:15 pm. Captain 32 reported a vehicle that had been damaged from a propane tank explosion. Captain 32 also reported that the propane tank was still leaking and there was a strong odor of propane in the area. Captain 32 assumed command and had his crew begin working on extinguishing the fire and securing the propane tank. An ambulance was requested for a burn victim as well as police officers to provide traffic and crowd control.

After a short while, the fire was brought under control, preventing further damage or injury. The cause of the fire remains unknown and under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this fire is encouraged to contact Fire Marshal Mark Gomez at 209-669-2119 or by email at MGomez@turlock.ca.us.

Two suspicious fires occur within half an hour of each other Friday night

On Friday, November 27th, 2020, shortly before 11:30 pm, the Turlock Fire Department received a call of a dumpster fire behind Olde Tyme Pastries located at 2225 Geer Rd. Engine 33 was dispatched.

Engine 33 arrived on scene at approximately 11:35 pm. Captain 33 reported a fully involved dumpster fire not threatening any structures. Captain 33 assumed command and had his firefighter begin attack with their front bucket line. The fire was knocked down within a couple of minutes and put out shortly thereafter. Command was terminated and Engine 33 went clear and available.

While Engine 33 was battling the Old Tyme Pastries fire, a second fire came in at approximately 11:45 pm behind the vacant building previously occupied by In Shape located at 2710 Geer Rd. Engine 34 was dispatched. Engine 34 arrived on scene shortly after 11:50 pm. Captain 34 reported a mattress on fire up against the building. Captain 34 assumed command and had his firefighter begin attack with their front bucket line. The fire was knocked down within a couple of minutes and put out shortly thereafter. Command was terminated and Engine 34 went clear and available.

During fire attack at In Shape, high pressured water came into contact with the rear door of the business which caused a burglar alarm to activate. According to multiple social media posts, the alarm remained active until the late morning hours.

The exact cause for both fires remain unknown however are believed to be arsons committed by the same person. Anyone with information regarding these fires is encouraged to contact Fire Marshal Mark Gomez at 209-669-2119 or by email at MGomez@turlock.ca.us.

Vehicle catches fire inside home’s garage Friday afternoon

On Friday, November 27th, 2020, at approximately 2:35 pm, the Turlock Fire Department received a call of a working structure fire in the 1200 block of Burman Dr. Battalion 4, Engine 31, Squad 32, Engine 33, and Engine 34 were originally dispatched as well as a Battalion Chief and Engine from a resource sharing agreement from a neighboring agency.

A Modesto Fire Division Chief who was off-duty and resided in the area heard the call and also responded. He was the first on scene and reported heavy smoke coming from the garage and stated it was possibly a vehicle fire. Battalion 4 arrived on scene two minutes later and assumed command in the offensive strategy. Due to the structure not being involved, Squad 32, Engine 34, and any resource sharing agreement units were cancelled at this time.

An ambulance was requested for one of the residents, who had evacuated, due to an unknown medical issue. Suppression units began arriving on scene and began fire attack. The fire was quickly put out and contained to the vehicle with no damage to anything else. Pacific Gas and Electric also responded to secure utilities.

A short while after the fire was put out, command was terminated and all fire units went clear and available.

Two suspicious dumpster fires occur within days of each other at Monte Vista Crossings

On Friday, October 30th, 2020, at approximately 10:55 pm, the Turlock Fire Department received a call of a dumpster fire behind the Safeway located at 3051 Countryside Dr. Engine 34 was dispatched.

Engine 34 arrived on scene at approximately 11:00 pm to find a dumpster behind the business fully involved. Captain 34 assumed command and had his crew begin fire attack in the offensive strategy with a front bucket line. The fire was brought under control and fully extinguished shortly thereafter. Command was terminated and Engine 34 went clear and available.

A few days later, on Wednesday, November 4th, 2020, at approximately 10:10 pm, the Turlock Fire Department received a call of a dumpster fire behind the BevMo! located at 3218 Countryside Dr. Engine 34 was dispatched.

Engine 34 arrived on scene at approximately 10:15 pm to find a dumpster behind the business fully involved. Captain 34 assumed command and had has crew begin fire attack in the offensive strategy with a front bucket line. The fire was brought under control and fully extinguished shortly thereafter. Command was terminated and Engine 34 went clear and available.

Both fires are under investigation. A possible suspect description was provided for the first fire by a witness who was in the area. He described the possible suspect as a transient white male adult on a bicycle. Anyone with information regarding these fires is encouraged to contact Fire Marshal Mark Gomez at 209-669-2119 or by email at MGomez@turlock.ca.us.

Contents of Turlock Scavenger truck catch fire Monday afternoon

On Monday, October 26th, 2020, shortly after 2:10 pm, the Turlock Fire Department received a call of a vehicle fire in the secondary parking lot of Donnelly Park located at 600 Pedras Rd. Engine 34 was dispatched. The caller, who was with Turlock Scavenger, reported that the contents of his truck had caught fire and that he was releasing them into the parking lot. Another Turlock Scavenger employee who was in the area heard his partner calling for help, so he responded as well and attempted to extinguish the fire with his fire extinguisher, however, was unsuccessful. Chief 3 was also in the area and decided to respond.

Engine 34 arrived on scene at approximately 2:15 pm to locate the contents of a Turlock Scavenger truck dumped in the parking lot fully engulfed with flames. Captain 34 assumed command and had his firefighter begin attack on the fire with their front bucket line. The fire was quickly brought under control and then fully extinguished shortly thereafter.

During the attack, supply lines were laid down in the middle of Donnelly Park Dr at De Pauw Dr to access a fire hydrant. The Turlock Police Department was then requested to respond to provide traffic control so their hose line isn’t ran over. Once the fire was out, police and fire units cleared the scene. Turlock Scavenger personnel remained on scene to clean up their mess.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown and is under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this fire is encouraged to contact Fire Marshal Mark Gomez at 209-669-2119 or by email at MGomez@turlock.ca.us.

Arsonist sets cardboard bales and pallets on fire behind Geer Road Walmart

On Friday, October 9th, 2020, at approximately 10:55 pm, the Turlock Fire Department received multiple calls reporting cardboard bales, pallets, and other miscellaneous items on fire behind the Walmart Neighborhood Market at 2480 Geer Rd. Due to its size and proximity to the building, it was entered as a potential structure fire which prompted a response from Battalion 4, Engine 31, Engine 33, and Engine 34.

Engine 33 arrived on scene at approximately 11:00 pm. Captain 33 reported multiple cardboard bales and pallets on fire. Captain 33 assumed Geer command and put Engine 33 in the offensive strategy. Other units began arriving on scene and assisting with fire attack. Additionally, Engine 33’s deck gun was put into use. Captain 33 then requested that city crews respond with a tractor to help separate the bales.

Crews continued to work on fire attack and had it under control in about 15 minutes. Once city crews arrived on scene they began moving the items with their tractor. This took a little over an hour. Once it was all moved, it was sprayed once more with water and class A foam to ensure it does not ignite again.

The Turlock Police Department was also requested to respond to conduct an arson investigation. Officers responded and got some information from the business. They also took photos of the remains of what was burned. Command was terminated shortly before 1:30 am and all units went clear and available.

The investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this fire is encouraged to contact Fire Marshal Mark Gomez at 209-669-2119 or by email at MGomez@turlock.ca.us.

Hate crime and suspicious fires might be linked

On Friday, September 25th, 2020, at approximately 12:45 am, the Turlock Fire Department received a call of a vegetation fire at the intersection of N Mitchell Rd and Starr Ave. The Turlock Fire Department responded with Engine 31 and Engine 33.

Engine 31 arrived on scene at approximately 12:50 am. Captain 31 assumed Mitchell command and reported a very small fire that they could handle. Engine 33 was cancelled while responding. The fire was quickly put out and Engine 31 went clear and available.

Later that morning, shortly after 2:20 am, the Turlock Fire Department received a call of a fence on fire at an apartment complex located at 1097 N Olive Ave. The department originally responded with Battalion 4, Engine 31, Engine 33, and Engine 34, however, while they were responding, another caller reported that the fire reached the apartment building. This upgraded it to a working structure fire and added Squad 32 as well as Ceres Battalion 3 and Ceres Engine 15.

Engine 31 arrived on scene shortly after 2:25 am. Captain 31 assumed Olive command and put Engine 31 in the investigation mode. He reported light smoke showing from the back of the complex. While investigating, it was determined that it did not reach the apartment and it was just the fence and a tree that was on fire. Working structure fire resources were cancelled at this time. Crews worked on extinguishing this fire and cleared shortly after.

Due to the proximity in location and time between the two fires, an investigation was started. It was learned that the fence adjacent to the one involved in the second fire had graffiti spray painted on it with a racial slur. The graffiti reportedly showed up on the fence within the last week.

Both fires and the graffiti are all under investigation. It has not yet been determined if they are related or not. Anyone with information regarding these incidents is encouraged to contact Officer Martin Marquez at 209-668-5550 extension 6761 or by email at MMarquez@turlock.ca.us. You can also leave an anonymous tip at the Turlock Police Department’s tip line at 209-668-5550 extension 6780 or by email at tpdtipline@turlock.ca.us.

Vegetation fire reaches tree and threatens high voltage power lines

On Wednesday, September 16th, 2020, at approximately 6:50 pm, the Turlock Fire Department received a call of a vegetation fire at the Pleasanton Arthritis and Osteoporosis Medical Center located at 2161 Colorado Ave, Suite A2, that had already reached a tree that was threatening high voltage power lines and a structure. The initial alarm dispatched Battalion 4, Engine 31, Engine 33, and Engine 34, however, Engine 34 was canceled once it was determined that their assistance was not required. Fire 12 also responded.

Battalion 4 arrived on scene shortly before 6:55 pm. Upon his arrival, he reported a vegetation fire extended into a tree and some plywood that was covering an old irrigation pipe that was threatening high voltage power lines and a wooden structure. Both Engine 31 and Engine 33 arrived shortly thereafter and began fire attack. The fire was quickly put under control and then extinguished shorty thereafter.

The cause of the fire remains unknown however is believed to be an arson. Anyone with information regarding this fire is encouraged to contact Fire Marshal Mark Gomez at 209-669-2119 or by email at MGomez@turlock.ca.us.

Small fire breaks out at Magic Sands Mobile Home Park

On Monday, September 7th, 2020, shortly before 2:50 pm, the Turlock Fire Department received a call of a working structure fire at the Magic Sands Mobile Home Park in the 1200 block of Magic Sands Way. The Turlock Fire Department responded with Battalion 4, Engine 31, Squad 32, Engine 33, Engine 34, and Fire 12. The Turlock Police Department was already on scene on an unrelated call at the complex when the fire broke out. Officers worked on evacuating residents while the fire department was responding.

Squad 32 and Fire 12 both arrived on scene at approximately 2:45 pm. Fire 12 assumed Magic Sands command and reported smoke coming from a trailer with citizens trying to put it out. Squad 32 then began fire attack in the offensive strategy. Shortly after, other units began arriving on scene, including Battalion 4, who took command from Fire 12. Crews, with the assistance of citizens, were able to control the fire and extinguish it shortly thereafter within 15 of arriving on scene.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown and is under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this fire is encouraged to contact Fire Marshal Mark Gomez at 209-669-2119 or by email at MGomez@turlock.ca.us.

Arsonist sets second grass fire behind Geer Road In-Shape

On Friday, September 4th, 2020, shortly before 2:10 pm, the Turlock Fire Department received a call of a grass fire behind the In-Shape Health Club located at 2710 Geer Rd. Engine 33 and Engine 34 were dispatched.

Engine 33 arrived on scene 4 minutes later. Upon their arrival, Captain 33 reported a grass fire growing at a slow rate of speed. Captain 33 assumed Geer command and had Firefighter 33 begin fire attack with their front bucket line. When Engine 34 arrived on scene, they were told to level one stage. The fire was knocked down and then extinguished shortly thereafter. Captain 33 then terminated Geer command and Engine 33 went clear and available.

This fire was in the same location as the fire two and a half weeks ago. The cause of the fire is currently unknown, however, is being investigated as an arson. Anyone with information regarding this fire is encouraged to contact Fire Marshal Mark Gomez at 209-669-2119 or by email at MGomez@turlock.ca.us.

Roadside fire burns a quarter of an acre of grass, cause remains unknown

On Tuesday, September 1st, 2020, at approximately 4:40 pm, the Turlock Fire Department received a call of a grass fire in the 3000 block of Colorado Ave. The Turlock Fire Department responded with Battalion 4, Engine 31, Engine 33, and Engine 34. Upon Engine 33’s arrival, Captain 33 reported a grass fire about a quarter of an acre in size. Captain 33 assumed command and had his crew begin fire attack.

Other units arrived shortly thereafter and assisted. The cause of the fire remains unknown, however, it’s likely accidental. The fire was under control within a few minutes of Engine 33’s arrival and fully extinguished shortly thereafter. Once it was extinguished, command was terminated. All fire units went clear and available.

Arsonist sets grass on fire behind Geer Road In-Shape

On Wednesday, August 19th, 2020, at approximately 3:30 pm, the Turlock Fire Department received a call of a grass fire behind the In-Shape Health Club located at 2710 Geer Rd. The initial alarm dispatched Engine 33 and Engine 34, however, shortly after, the incident was upgraded to a potential structure fire due to the volume of calls received as well as its proximity to a structure at a neighboring apartment complex. This added Battalion 4 and Engine 31 to the response. Chief 3 also responded to investigate.

Shortly before 3:35 pm, Engine 33 arrived on scene. They reported a grass fire, about a quarter of an acre in size, with no immediate exposures threatened, however, slowly bumping up against the back of Walnut Woods Apartments. Captain 33 assumed Geer command and had his firefighter begin fire attack with a front bucket line. He had Engine 34 continue on scene to assist with fire attack and Engine 31 to check for exposures to Walnut Woods Apartments.

The fire was knocked down and then extinguished shortly after. The cause of the fire is currently unknown, however, is being investigated as an arson. A possible suspect description was provided by a transient living in the area. Anyone with information regarding this fire is encouraged to contact Fire Marshal Mark Gomez at 209-668-5580 or by email at MGomez@turlock.ca.us.

House fire displaces family in northwest Turlock

On Thursday, August 13th, 2020, at approximately 3:20 pm, the Turlock Fire Department received a call of a working structure fire in the 4200 block of Montara Dr. The Turlock Fire Department responded with Chief 2, Battalion 4, Engine 31, Squad 32, Engine 33, Engine 34, and Fire 12. Additionally, the Ceres Fire Department responded with Battalion 3, Engine 15, and Quint 18, as well as the Modesto Fire Department with Engine 10. Initial reports were that flames were seen from the back of the residence and two small children aged three and eight came out alone saying that they were left unattended.

The first unit to arrive on scene was Engine 34, approximately five minutes after being dispatched. Upon their arrival, they reported seeing smoke and flames coming from the second story window from the back of the residence. Captain 34 assumed Montara command and put Engine 34 in the defensive strategy until additional units arrived on scene. Engine 34’s firefighter then began attacking the rear of the residence from the exterior.

Battalion 4 arrived shortly after Engine 34 and assumed command from Captain 34. Other units then began arriving on scene, including Ceres Battalion 3 and Ceres Engine 15 who happened to already be near Turlock. Once enough units arrived on scene, crews switched over to the offensive strategy. Crews quickly brought the fire under control and extinguished it a short while later.

Crews completed overhaul and salvage and began clearing at approximately 5:30 pm. The fire was contained to the second story of the residence. Due to the extent of the damage caused by the fire, the family living in the residence was displaced and will be provided assistance. American Medical Response responded to provide patient care to the family as well as firefighters. Turlock Irrigation District as well as Pacific Gas and Electric also responded to secure utilities.

Turlock Rural Fire Protection District provided city coverage while crews were committed to the fire. The cause of the fire is currently unknown and is still being investigated. Anyone with information regarding this fire is encouraged to contact Fire Marshal Mark Gomez at 209-668-5580 or by email at MGomez@turlock.ca.us.

Arsonist starts dumpster fire behind Tilly’s

On Thursday, August 13th, 2020, at approximately 1:05 pm, the Turlock Fire Department received a call of a dumpster fire at the Tilly’s located at 2737 Countryside Dr. The Turlock Fire Department responded with Battalion 4 and Engine 33. Battalion 4 arrived on scene at approximately 1:10 pm. Upon his arrival, he reported a dumpster fully involved on the back side of the business with no structures being immediately threatened and assumed Tilly’s command.

Engine 33 arrived on scene at approximately 1:12 pm. Engine 33’s Firefighter, with the assistance of Engine 33’s Engineer, began attacking the fire with a front bucket line. The fire was out at approximately 1:25 pm. The fire department believes that this fire is an arson due to the fact that multiple dumpsters in the area have been set on fire in the past few weeks. Anyone with information regarding this fire or any other recent fire in the area is encouraged to contact Fire Marshal Mark Gomez at 209-668-5580 or by email at MGomez@turlock.ca.us.

Mowing operation causes vegetation fire

On Monday, July 20th, 2020, at approximately 5:00 pm, the Turlock Fire Department received a call of a vegetation fire in the 900 block of Dianne Dr. The Turlock Fire Department responded with Battalion 4, Squad 32, and Engine 34. Squad 32 arrived on scene at approximately 5:10 pm. Upon their arrival, they located a fire approximately half an acre in size. Captain 32 assumed command. Squad 32’s crew began attacking the fire.

Shortly after, Battalion 4 and Engine 34 arrived on scene. Battalion 4 took command from Captain 32. Engine 34’s crew also started assisting Squad 32’s crew with fire attack. Two type-3 engines were also requested to respond as apart of a countywide mutual aid agreement. Turlock Rural Fire Department Brush 50 responded as well as Keyes Fire Protection District Brush 51. Crews were able to extinguish the fire in just over an hour and half. Units began clearing at approximately 6:45 pm.

The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental. It started at some point during an agricultural mowing operation. No arson investigation will be taking place.

Flames damage 4 structures in an arson case

On Sunday, July 5th, 2020, at approximately 5:00 pm, the Turlock Fire Department received a call of a potential structure fire in the 800 block of Emily St. The call was originally dispatched to Battalion 4, Engine 31, Squad 32, and Engine 34. At approximately 5:02 pm, Squad 32 called in to dispatch reporting that they see heavy smoke in the air and to upgrade it to a working structure fire. This added Engine 34, as well as Ceres Battalion 3 and Ceres Engine 15 to the call.

The first unit to arrive on scene was Squad 32, which arrived at approximately 5:04 pm. Upon arrival, they reported to dispatch that a structure was on fire on 5th St, and that it was threatening multiple structures behind it on Emily St. Within a minute, the fire reached 3 more structures. Battalion 4 arrived on scene and assumed command. He also requested a second alarm, which added Ceres Engine 16, Ceres Quint 18 and Modesto Engine 10 to the call. Other units began arriving on scene and setting up on both Emily St and 5th St, and began attacking the fire in the offensive strategy.

At this time, Battalion 4 requested the Turlock Police Department to respond to provide traffic control. Chief 3 also attached himself to the call and responded to the scene at this time. Battalion 4 then called into dispatch reporting that a homeless female in a sports bra and pink sweats had exited one of the structures which was involved in the fire and started running towards F St, and that she could be a possible suspect.

Ceres Engine 15’s firefighter then called a mayday and said that he was down. An ambulance was requested code 3. Luckily, an ambulance was already on scene staging. Medics made their way to the downed firefighter to assist him.

After a short period of time, the fire was knocked down and was under control. The fire had damaged a total of 4 structures, which were luckily all out buildings, and not residential structures. Some of the structures involved in the fire were on county islands, so Turlock Rural Fire Protection District was requested to respond to the scene to take a report. After about an hour of the call originally being dispatched, the fire was out and units began clearing the scene.

A person of interest has been identified for being responsible for the fire. The Turlock Fire Marshal and the Stanislaus Regional FIU are currently investigating this fire as an arson. Anyone with information regarding this fire is encouraged to contact Fire Marshal Mark Gomez at 209-668-5580, or by email at MGomez@turlock.ca.us.