View Mobile Site
Text Size: Smaller Larger Normal
Friends 2 Follow photo f2f banner_zpsxhrst2or.jpg

Cause of fire likely accidental

POSTED August 14, 2009 9:28 p.m.
A Modesto fire that torched several businesses on Carpenter Road and caused $1.2 million in damage, has been ruled a likely accident by fire investigators.
The fire was reported at midnight on Aug. 2 at 1050 N. Carpenter Rd.
Twenty-one separate businesses were housed in a single-story, wood-framed, wood-sided commercial building.
Fire investigators believe the fire started in the shared attic space.
“Investigators surmise that the fire started as a result of some sort mechanical or electrical malfunction in the attic,” said Modesto Fire Department Battalion Chief Hugo Patino, Jr. “It appears that the fire slowly spread and grew in the attic until the point where it was sufficiently heated to cause the roof covering to fail. As the roof failed, fresh air was introduced into the super-heated atmosphere of the attic. The introduction on the fresh air caused a rapid and pressurized expansion of the fire — a flashover. The flashover blew the T-bar ceiling down, and caused the rapid spread of the fire throughout the entire structure.”
While the exact cause of the fire remains undetermined, investigators believe that the fire was, more than likely, accidental and not necessarily arson, Patino said.

Most Popular Articles

There are no articles at this time.
Commenting is not available.

Share on Facebook Bookmark and Share
Commenting not available.

Please wait ...