Connect with us

News

Nut Company Fire Operations Expected to be Lengthy

Published

on

MODESTO – A massive fire that tore through two warehouses and several tons of nut product was expected to keep firefighters busy overnight and into Monday.

The fire was dispatched at about 1:30pm near the intersection of River Road and Bunker Avenue. With the fire being an unknown type, initially a single Ceres Fire engine was dispatched. Officials at the scene say employees at the Pepsi facility called in the fire.

Arriving firefighters encountered major smoke and flame from behind a warehouse on Bunker Avenue, calling for a commercial structure fire response. Additional resources in downtown Ceres observed heavy smoke conditions from the fire, and soon more resources were called to the scene. In total, three alarms were called on the fire.

The fire was consuming about 1,000 tons of nut product according to Bret Presson, a Battalion Chief with the Ceres Fire Department. The fire had begun to extend into the warehouse and office building which it would eventually also destroy. Several crates and trailers were also destroyed.

The flames were extending so much that it also caught the roof of a neighboring beverage company warehouse on fire. The fire caused a lighting fixture to collapse into the building, scrambling firefighters to prevent any further damage there.

Resources county wide were drained during the firefight. Presson said a total of 19 engines, 4 trucks and 4 water tenders responded to battle the blaze. San Joaquin County sent a strike team of firefighters to cover additional calls within Stanislaus County while crews were tied up on Bunker Avenue.

The City of Modesto sent a backhoe and front loader to assist fire crews. Presson explained that the incident was a challenge in the fact that the nut product had to be separated and drowned to be properly extinguished, similar to a hay fire. Utility companies also were called to respond to secure gas and electricity.

Eight chief officers and a Modesto training officer responded due to the complexity of the fire. One firefighter suffered a heat related illness and was transported to a hospital. Presson said he was treated and released shortly after and sent home to recover.

Firefighters were expected to remain at the scene overnight and into Monday to continue extinguishing flames, which at 10:00pm were still visible. Smoke continued to drift south into Ceres.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

Carlos Rodriguez is an Emmy Award winning photojournalist specializing in public safety and natural disasters. His passion for local news stems from a deep commitment to his community, with a selfless mission to inform the citizens of the valley. As he worked on assignment for 19 days at the devastating Camp Fire in Paradise, California, he spent most of his time helping survivors contact their loved ones to let them know they were ok. Carlos is a veteran of Univision, FOX, and Telemundo TV stations and a native of Modesto, California.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

News

Early Morning Fire Causes Damage in Stockton

Published

on

STOCKTON – Firefighters battled an early morning fire Sunday that caused significant damage to a structure.

Firefighters responded to reports of smoke from a building at about 1:40am. The building was located on the 300 block of South San Jose Street just south of the crosstown highway and west of Interstate 5.

Arriving firefighters found a building with visible fire from the back corner of the building. A crew on the roof also reported heavy fire in the attic.

The fire was brought under control shortly before 2:00am. A cause and damage estimate was not available at time of publication.

No injuries were reported.

Continue Reading

News

Stabbing Investigated in Modesto

Published

on

MODESTO – Authorities with the Modesto Police Department responded to a stabbing that injured several people Sunday morning.

At about 12:30am officers were called to an apartment complex on Tully Road for the report of a stabbing. Early reports indicate officers arrived and found three victims and the suspect had fled prior to their arrival.

At least two ambulances were called to the scene. No further details were available at time of publication.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

Continue Reading

News

Homicide Investigated in Salida

Published

on

SALIDA – Deputies with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office closed off a neighborhood to investigate a homicide Saturday night.

The incident happened shortly before 10pm near the intersection of San Martin Court and Pasatiempo Drive. Early reports indicate the incident was an assault with a deadly weapon, however there appeared to be on deceased person at the scene.

Both Stanislaus Sheriff Deputies and at least one California Highway Patrol Officer were on scene.

Details and circumstances leading up to the incident were scarce at time of publication.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Advertisement

Trending

Copyright © 2021 Central Valley TV