Intense fire consumes Stockton lumber yard


A six-alarm fire consumed a pallet and lumber business on West Scotts Avenue in Stockton Tuesday morning.

Stockton firefighters were called to the area at 3 a.m. Towering flames were seen throughout the morning hours, but the fire had been reduced to white smoke as of 7 a.m.

Power lines in the area dropped into the fire due to the heat. The power lines collapsed into the burn area after PG&E had already cut power to much of downtown Stockton.

At last check, more than 18,000 people were without power.

“We’re in the process now of kind of doing a 360 around the fire, determining what resources we need. We’re probably going to be out here most of the day working in conjunction with PG&E,” Stockton Fire Department Chief Erik Newman said.

One firefighter was injured battling the blaze.

“We got one firefighter that was hospitalized (with) neck and back pain. He’s doing OK. So, I’ll be going to see him shortly,” Newman said.

Tuesday’s fire is the second major fire in the town in the past 24 hours. There was a three-alarm fire at the Port of Stockton Monday afternoon.

Many of the firefighters battling Tuesday’s fire got very little rest the previous night. Fire agencies from surrounding areas have been called in to provide extra help.

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