One person has been arrested for igniting a fire that blazed through eight cars, a carport and a duplex, leaving six people displaced from their homes, the Turlock Fire Department reported.
The fire in the 1100 block of Colorado Avenue broke out shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday and firefighters remained on scene until about 5 a.m., said Turlock Fire spokesman Capt. Jason Bernard.
The name of the arson suspect has not yet been released by the Turlock Police Department.
The initial call reported one vehicle on fire under a carport and was upgraded to a potential structure fire as the first engine was en route to the call.
Very quickly the call was upgraded to a working structure fire as the flames raged from one vehicle to another and raced over the carport to the roofline of the single-story duplex and into the attic.
The Turlock Fire Department had every engine, Squad 32 and a battalion chief responding to the scene, as well as requesting four engines, one truck, one quint and additional battalion chiefs from other agencies.
The flames and smoke could be seen from a distance and several explosions rattled neighbors, some of whom decided to leave the immediate area. The explosions came from tires exploding, Bernard said.
The investigation is ongoing and details about the arson arrest have not yet been released.
There were no injuries reported from the fire.
The six people burned out of their residences were four adults and two children. The Red Cross was called to the scene but the individuals all had places to stay for the night.
The early estimate put the damage at $400,000.
The Turlock Police Department closed down Colorado Avenue between Hawkeye Avenue and Main Street and Escondido Avenue during the incident.