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South Modesto fires break out at same time
A fire came in at 6:29 a.m. Sunday for a vehicle on fire behind a home at 116 Pueblo Avenue. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

Firefighters responded to two fires simultaneously in south Modesto on Sunday morning.

The first report of a fire came in at 6:29 a.m. for a vehicle on fire behind a home at 116 Pueblo Avenue. The first engine company arrived at 6:38 a.m. and found a single story residence with active fire to the rear and in the attic space. The company officer also noticed a large column of black smoke a few blocks away and requested two working structure dispatches at 6:29 a.m.

Ceres firefighters were called to command the fire at 933 Alamo Avenue, which involved a shed fire as well as vegetation and tires on fire in the alley.

Both fires were knocked down within 20 minutes with no injuries reported. The fires involved 40 personnel, including 10 engine companies, two truck companies, and three chief officers from Modesto Regional Fire Authority, Ceres Fire, and Stanislaus Consolidated Fire.

Damage estimates are $20,000 for Pueblo and $5,000 for the Alamo incident.

Crews are assisting the home owner with board up and securing the residence on Pueblo. The cause of both fires is still under investigation, said Battalion Chief Alan Ernst of Modesto Regional Fire Authority.