An early Saturday arson fire badly damaged two units of a Richland Avenue apartment complex and displaced at least three residents.
Nobody was injured in the blaze, which broke out at 12:13 a.m. at 1625 Richland Avenue. Ceres Police arrested one individual for arson related to the fire which is being investigated by the Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigation Unit.
Ceres Engine 15 and a battalion chief first arrived to find fire engulfing a ground level apartment unit that burned into the second-floor unit above it and into the attic.
Also responding was Modesto, and Stanislaus Consolidated Fire departments which brought a total of three battalion chiefs, three fire trucks including the Ceres quint engine, and nine engines. Fire crews quickly deployed multiple lines on the fire and performed a search for any victims.
The fire was under control within approximately five minutes of arrival however, the ground level unit was destroyed, and the second-floor apartment suffered moderate damage.
The American Red Cross assisted the three displaced residents find emergency housing by providing vouchers for hotels.