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Firefighters keep flames from Lander Avenue business
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The Turlock City Council approved seeking a fire services contract proposal from Modesto Fire (Journal file photo).

An outbuilding on Lander Avenue ignited Thursday night into a blaze that threatened a nearby business, the Turlock Fire Department reported.

The fire started around 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the 300 block of Lander Avenue.

Turlock City Fire crews arrived on scene to find an outbuilding behind a residence fully involved in fire and spreading to a commercial business next door. The large fire was also threatening several power lines directly over the involved building, said Turlock Fire Capt. Kevin Tidwell.

“Firefighters quickly deployed hose lines to stop the fire’s progress and worked to ensure there was no fire spread inside or on top of the adjacent business or main residence,” Tidwell said. “T.I.D. arrived on scene to assist firefighters with securing the power to the threatened overhead power lines to ensure safety to the public and firefighters. The rapid and coordinated work of fire crews extinguished the fire in the outbuilding and prevented major damage to the adjacent commercial business.”

The outbuilding was a total loss to the flames and an adjacent business next door had minor damage on the exterior of the building.

Turlock City Fire Department responded with two engines, Squad 32, Utility 5, and a battalion chief. Ceres Fire Department responded with one engine and a battalion chief as part of a resource sharing agreement and assisted with city coverage along with the Turlock Rural Fire Protection District while city resources remained committed to the incident. Turlock Irrigation District responded to assist with securing utilities and an AMR unit responded to provide medical care to possible victims and provide firefighter safety.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Any inquiries regarding the investigation should be directed to Fire Marshal Mark Gomez at 209 669-2119 or mgomez@turlock.ca.us.