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Arson investigation launched for blaze at storage facility

POSTED June 27, 2009 4:23 p.m.
A fire at a Turlock storage unit caused $20,000 in damages and is under investigation by the Turlock City Fire Department’s Arson Team.
The fire was reported just before 7 p.m. Monday at the Turlock Budget Storage located at 3080 N. Golden State Blvd.
The full-size storage unit was completely in flames when the first fire engine arrived.
Firefighters had to use a back entrance and cut through a chain-link fence to reach the storage unit because a pickup truck was blocking the access road and the driver could not be found, said division Chief Tim Lohman.
The fire was under control in about 11 minutes, but because the unit was so packed full of furnishings and household goods, it was difficult for firefighters to get the blaze completely extinguished, Lohman said. Firefighters remained on scene until shortly after 10:30 p.m.
It is unknown how the fire was started. The department’s arson team is conducting an investigation, Lohman said.
The storage unit had extensive damage from the flames. The estimated loss of the storage unit was $15,000 and $5,000 for the contents, according to the fire department. The two storage units on either side had smoke damage.
A total of four fire engines and 14 firefighters responded to the fire.
To contact Sabra Stafford, e-mail sstafford@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2002.
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