The Turlock Fire Department is investigating what sparked a blaze in a storage area behind the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Geer Road.
The fire broke out just before 2:30 a.m. Sunday behind the store at 2480 Geer Road.
Flames were raging through an area behind the store used for storage of pallets, cardboard and plastic bins when the first firefighters arrived at the scene.
The fire was spreading towards the doors of the loading dock, according to the fire department.
The firefighters started an offensive attack on the flames and quickly got it contained and prevented the blaze spreading to additional areas. Both the roof and the interior were checked for fire extension.
A Quint from the Ceres Fire Department and an Engine from the Denair Fire Department were requested to assist with smoke removal from the building by utilizing their electric PPV fans. A city backhoe was requested and helped to break apart the bulk storage items for final extinguishment.
Resources included three Turlock Fire engines, Squad 32, the Turlock Police Department, American Medical Response, Turlock Irrigation District, and Pacific Gas and Electric. Turlock Rural Fire assisted with city coverage during the incident.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. Anyone with information regarding the fire should contact Fire Marshal Mark Gomez at firstname.lastname@example.org.