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Suspect arrested for arson fire in downtown Turlock
arson at Central Station
A fire that started at a homeless encampment near the railroad tracks spread to the Central Station restaurant at 10 E. Main St. on Thursday (Photo contributed).

An intentionally set fire at a homeless encampment in downtown Turlock caused damage to a neighboring restaurant, the Turlock Fire Department reported.

The fire department was first alerted to the fire around 10:30 a.m. Thursday. The first firefighters to arrive at the scene found debris at a homeless encampment in flames. The encampment was located between the railroad tracks at Central Station Bar and Grill, which is located at 10 E. Main St.

The fire was already extending to the exterior of the restaurant, according to the fire department but the crews were able to act quickly and kept it from spreading any further into the building.

The Turlock Police Department responded to the scene as well because of the suspicious circumstances. Witness statements and surveillance video helped investigators identify the person responsible for lighting the fire.

The suspect was identified as Jeannine Damon, 53, She was located in the 100 block of S. Golden State Boulevard and taken into custody. She was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on suspicion of arson.

The restaurant posted on their Facebook page that the fire caused them to close for lunch but were reopened by dinner.

Anyone with information regarding the fire is asked to please contact the Stanislaus County Fire Investigation Unit at 209-525-5537.