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Firefighters battle arson, suspicious fires
mckinley fire

A fire determined to be arson and several blazes determined to be suspicious were handled by Manteca Fire Department in the span of a little less than four hours.

The first fire involved an RV camper that had been abandoned on Moffat Boulevard. Manteca Fire personnel responded to the incident at 11 p.m. Wednesday and quickly brought it under control. An exact cause was not determined.

At 3:05 p.m. Thursday, Manteca Fire along with crews from the Lathrop Manteca Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 19000 block of McKinley Avenue. Crews found an abandoned home on fire that was scheduled to be torn down later that day. Firefighters were on scene for three hours.

The fire was determined to be suspicious just like the one that occurred earlier this week at the same location.

Firefighters used a front loader from the public works department to pull back debris so they could get water on the fire.

 Ten minutes after firefighters were dispatched to the McKinley structure fire, they received a call for a vehicle fire on Bermuda Lane of a car on fire in a driveway. Crews extinguished the fire before it spread to a second car in the driveway or the home.

That fire was determined to be arson. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Manteca Police at 209-456-8101 or Manteca Fire at 209-456-8300.

While still engaged on the first structure fire, Manteca firefighters were dispatched at 5:10 a.m. for a second structure fire in the 100 block of Industrial Park. A small room and contents fire in a mobile home behind a cabinet shop was quickly extinguished. The cause of that fire was undetermined.