MODESTO – A massive downtown fire tore through the American Lumber Company Friday morning.
The fire was dispatched shortly after midnight at the American Lumber Company on 9th Street. By 12:30am the fire was advanced to a third alarm, summoning personnel from Modesto, Ceres and Stanislaus Consolidated.
Police officers closed much of 9th Street and surrounding roadways to traffic. Multiple engines and at least three ladder trucks were utilized to fight the intense flames, however several buildings collapsed from extensive damage.
The flames cast a bright orange glow against the nearby Double Tree Hotel. Smoke and fire could be seen from as far as Salida.
By 2:00am much of the flames had died down. In total 13 engines, 5 trucks and 5 chief officers were on scene, totaling to about 64 firefighters.
A fire load of lumber proved challenging for firefighters. The downtown water system was maxed out, limiting the amount of pressure provided to fire equipment. Power lines had collapsed, but utility crews shut off power to the area to allow firefighters to work. The railroads behind the business were shut down. Officials said some railroad ties were damaged and would require inspection.
Investigators were on scene working to determine a cause.
Brush Fire Blows Smoke Into Valley
MODESTO – Hazy smoke from a Livermore area fire blew into the valley Thursday afternoon.
The incident called the “Tesla Fire” was last reported to be about 250 acres with potential for growth by about 7:00pm.
The fire was spotted shortly before 6:00pm near Tesla Road, west of Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area. Aircraft assigned to the incident reported critical rate of spread reaching 100 acres in a short period of time, with potential to reach at least 500 acres.
Fire crews work to direct the blaze to a riverbed, requesting several tankers and helicopters to assist.
Winds were reported in the Modesto area at about 15mph. Those with sensitivity and health issues should remain indoors.
Modesto Homicide Victim Identified
MODESTO – Authorities identified the victim of Tuesday night’s fatal shooting on Ramsey Drive as 29 year old Michelle Rose Gonzales.
Shortly before 9:30pm officers with the Modesto Police Department responded to the 500 block of Ramsey Drive after receiving a call from a child saying their mother had been shot. Arriving officers located the victim in front of her home suffering from gunshot wounds. Life saving efforts were performed, but she died from her injuries.
Detectives responded to continue the investigation and quickly identified the suspect. Authorities discovered he was also a potential suspect in a homicide just a couple hours earlier in San Jose.
Meanwhile, officers with California Highway Patrol located the suspect traveling into the Bay Area and engaged in a pursuit. The pursuit traveled north along Highway 101 and into South San Jose, where the suspect fled on foot and barricaded himself in a shed behind a home near the 100 block of Bendorf Drive. An hours long standoff took place that ended in an officer involved shooting. The suspect was struck by gunfire and taken to a hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The suspect’s identity is yet to be released by officials.
In a GoFundMe account established for Michelle and her children, she was described as a mother of two and a young, beautiful soul who was the victim of a senseless act of domestic violence.
Anyone interested in donating to the fundraiser can do so by CLICKING HERE.
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective Ra Pouv at (209) 572-9826, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.
Modesto Homicide Suspect Involved in Another Killing, Officer Involved Shooting in San Jose
SAN JOSE – The suspect involved in Tuesday night’s homicide on Ramsey Drive in Modesto was taken to a hospital following a pursuit and officer involved shooting Wednesday morning.
The Ramsey Drive homicide happened shortly before 9:30pm. Police responded to a report of a person shot and located a 29 year old woman who was injured in the shooting. Emergency personnel attempted life saving measures but the victim died from her injuries.
Later in the night, officers with California Highway Patrol engaged in a pursuit with the suspect near the Gilroy area. The pursuit continued north on Highway 101 until exiting onto surface streets in South San Jose. Police officers took over the pursuit until it ended near the 100 block of Bendorf Drive. Authorities said the suspect fired at officers during the pursuit.
Officials with the San Jose Police Department believed the suspect was also involved in a homicide in their jurisdiction. That incident happened shortly after 7:00pm near the 1400 block of Mount Shasta Drive. An adult male victim in that incident was rushed to a hospital with life-threatening injuries but later died. That was San Jose’s 17th homicide of the year.
On Bendorf Drive, the suspect barricaded himself in a property. Shortly before 8:00am he was involved in a shooting again with police after pointing a firearm at authorities and was taken to a hospital in critical condition.
Both incidents are still under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Modesto Police Department or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.
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