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Turlock barn goes up in flames
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A large fire destroyed a rural Turlock barn and outbuildings on Thursday (Photo by retired TFD Capt. Scott Wejmar).

Fire departments from around the region responded to a call for assistance in battling a large blaze at a Turlock barn.

The fire was reported at 1:44 p.m. Thursday at a property on S. Johnson Road, south of East Avenue.

The Turlock Rural Fire Department and the Denair Fire Department both received the initial dispatch to the call. The first firefighters to arrive at the scene found a large barn completely engulfed in flames.

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Nine fire departments responded to the large barn fire at a property on S. Johnson Road (Photo by retired TFD Capt. Scott Wejmar).

The fire was already spreading to multiple other outbuildings and was threatening to continue to grow by burning the vegetation and the nearby home.

A second alarm brought out additional engines from the Keyes Fire Protection District and water tenders from the Mountain View Fire Protection District and the Hughson Volunteer Fire Association.

It wasn’t long before a third alarm brought out two engines from the Turlock Fire Department and two brush engines from the Ceres and Burbank Paradise fire departments, a water tender from Westport Fire Department and a water tender from TRFD.

The TRFD said a defensive tact was taken on the barn and an offensive attack on the other outbuildings.

By the time the fire was contained the barn and other outbuildings were smoldering heaps on the ground.

The Red Cross was called in to assist the family residing at the property because they had been displaced from their home when the utilities were shut off.

No injuries were reported from the fire.

The Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigation Unit is investigating the fire and as of Friday had not determined a cause. The investigation is ongoing.