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Predawn fire claims vacant Moffat building
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Fire damaged a vacant building on Friday. - photo by GLENN KAHL

A predawn fire claimed a single story commercial structure – a onetime radiator shop in the 400 block of Moffat Boulevard – at 4 a.m. Friday.

It was the second fire within two weeks along the south side of the roadway where homeless individuals have continued to inhabit the structures in the nighttime hours.  The other fire was to an abandoned warehouse across from South Lincoln Avenue.

Manteca Fire Department spokesman Battalion Chief Robert Davis estimated the loss to the building at $25,000 and an additional $5,000 loss to the contents.

The first engine company to arrive on the scene reported heavy smoke and flames coming from the building that was vacant at the time of the fire however they were uncertain if a person was actually inside.

Fire crews initiated their fire attack operation and it was reportedly brought under control in about 20 minutes taking another 20 minutes to completely extinguish the blaze, firemen said.  No one was found in the structure.

The building had also been used as a gas station in past years.

Firefighters remained on the scene for about two hours conducting salvage, overhaul and investigating the cause.  A total of 15 personnel had responded to the call along with a unit from the Manteca District Ambulance and PG&E.