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Fire at vacant home threatens neighborhood
vacant house fire
Turlock firefighters battled a blaze at a vacant home Monday night. - photo by Photo courtesy of the Turlock Fire Department

A fire at a vacant home in Turlock sent up a flurry of embers that threatened to ignite more fires in the neighborhood Monday night, but Turlock firefighters were able to keep the blaze contained to the one residence.

The cause of the fire at the home in the 2700 block of W. Tuolumne Road remains unknown and is under investigation.

Around 11:45 p.m. Monday the fire department was dispatched to the fire and arrived to find it fully engulfed in flames. The fire, combined with the breezy night, caused a large number of embers to drift to neighboring homes, said Turlock Fire spokesman Capt. Kevin Tidwell.

Firefighters quickly connected to a hydrant allowing them to protect the threatened homes, while additional crews attacked the burning structure. The combined effort kept the fire from spreading to any other structures.

Turlock City Fire responded with three engine companies, Squad 32, and a battalion chief for a total of 13 personnel. Ceres Battalion 3 and Engine15 assisted on scene and Turlock Rural Fire provided city coverage during the incident. Additional assisting agencies included Turlock Police Department and AMR.

There were no injuries reported from the fire.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Any information regarding this incident should be directed to Fire Marshal Mark Gomez at 669-2119 or