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South Turlock fire destroys outbuildings, vehicles
A fire spread rapidly through a property on Greenway, burning out buildings, vehicles and vegetation. - photo by FRANKIE TOVAR / The Journal

A large vegetation fire at a property between Hilmar and Turlock drew out multiple fire agencies Thursday night as crews tried to stop the flames from devouring numerous outbuildings, vehicles and even a home across the street.

The fire in the 200 block of E. Greenway caused massive damage to the property, leaving it a pile of charred rubble and ashes.

The fire was reported around 7 p.m. Thursday night with the Turlock Rural Fire Department serving as the lead agency. Assistance also was provided by the Turlock, Keyes, Denair, and Merced County fire departments. A total of 12 fire engines, along with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, the Turlock Police Department, and American Medical Response all responded to the scene.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The dry grass and weeds on the property quickly went up in flames and allowed the blaze to spread to the outbuildings and the vehicles parked on the property. The wind whipped up huge plumes of black smoke and twice sent embers across the street. Fire fighters were able to quickly extinguish the errant flames from spreading to the house, said Turlock Rural Fire Assistant Chief Scott Murphy.

A man at the scene, who did not want to be identified, said he lived at the property and was seen removing two dogs and a motorcycle from the property.