A quick response from the Turlock Fire Department kept a fire at the Army National Guard facility in Turlock from spreading through the building.
The fire was reported at 5:34 a.m. Tuesday at the Army National Guard Armory at 1040 Flower St. The first engine to arrive at the scene found light smoke and some flames coming from the eaves of the building.
Firefighters took to the roof to start ventilating the fire and to check if it had spread to additional areas of the structure. At the same time, additional firefighters forced their way into the building to check to see if the fire had spread to the inside of the building. There was some smoke coming from the interior, but no active fire was found inside, according to the fire department.
“Turlock City Firefighters worked in a coordinated fire attack under Battalion Chief Gary Lunsford,” said Turlock Fire Chief Robert Talloni. “The engine companies quickly extinguished all fire showing to the front of the Armory building. Other companies performed vertical roof ventilation to stop the fire’s horizontal travel along the soffit line. Crews forced entry into the building through the front metal door to check for fire extension. No extension was found, the building’s fire alarm was silenced, and no injuries were reported.”
The firefighters were able to contain the fire to a 12-foot-by-3-foot section of the eaves.
In total four engines, one battalion chief, and the fire chief responded to the incident, for a total of 14 firefighters. The Turlock Rural Fire Department provided city coverage while all Turlock City resources were committed at the scene.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.