The Turlock Fire Department had a busy Independence Day weekend as they responded to numerous reports of illegal fireworks and battled at least two blazes.
Between noon on June 28, to noon on Sunday, the Turlock Fire Department and Turlock Police Department responded to 130 reports of illegal fireworks, 88 of which occurred on July 4, said Turlock Fire Chief Tim Lohman.
The fire department received 27 calls for service on July 4. A typical day averages about 16 calls. The majority of the calls were for emergency medical service, but there were also five various reports of fire. One report was for a brush fire that was extinguished by the time fire crews arrived. The department had three reports of fires in Dumpsters and one structure fire.
The structure fire was reported around 4 p.m. at a residence on Cambridge Place. Fire fighters arrived to find the roof of a manufactured home on fire. The two-alarm blaze was brought under control by a concerted attack from above and below, according to the fire department.
The cause of the fire was determined to be faulty wiring in a bathroom vent and the point of origin was in the ceiling.
The occupants of the residence were not at home at the time of the fire. The fire was first noticed by a passerby who jumped over the fence of the gated community and forced open the front door to ensure no one was inside.
The damage from the fire was estimated at $55,000.
The smoke detectors inside the home were not functioning. The fire department reminds people to change the batteries on a regular schedule and change out detectors after 10 years of use.