The Stockton Police Department tweeted at 6:10 a.m. that firefighters were battling a 5-alarm pallet fire near the 1800 block of E. Market Street, and that streets in the immediate area are closed.
Video: School threatened as firefighters battle massive fire at Stockton pallet yard
Stockton Fire Crews Battle Massive 5-Alarm Fire at a Pallet Yard Near Homes
Stockton Firefighters Local 456 tweeted just before 5:40 a.m. that all Stockton fire units in the city have been assigned to the fire, and in an update just before 6:30 a.m. said that county strike teams have responded for backup as the blaze has extended from the yard into warehouses.
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About 8:30 a.m., Stockton Firefighters Local 456 retweeted a report saying the fire was under control, with one shed having collapsed. There have been no reports of injuries or the fire spreading outside the lumberyard.
Video: Stockton Fire Chief Lane Healy on most recent pallet fire | Raw
Large Fire Erupts At Stockton Pallet Yard
Three weeks earlier, firefighters battled a massive, six-alarm blaze that started at another Stockton industrial lumberyard, this one in the 200 block of West Scotts Avenue. The fire broke out overnight, destroyed the lumberyard and knocked out power to more than 15,000 Pacific Gas and Electric Co. customers in Stockton.
SPD is assisting SFD with traffic control for a 5-alarm pallet fire in the 1800 blk of E. Market St. Streets are closed. Please avoid the area. pic.twitter.com/lDxzjFr7xf
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Happening NOW: Massive ALL HANDS fire in downtown Stockton. All Stockton Fire units in the City assigned to the fire. County Stike Teams requested.
STOCKTON (CBS13) – Firefighters battled a large fire at a Stockton pallet yard Tuesday morning.
Massive fire in Stockton off of E. Main Street. Several firefighters here trying to tackle these flames. No traffic is bein allowed through. @CBSSacramento @GoodDaySac @DinaKupfer @julissaortiztv pic.twitter.com/MaLWhrqEUU
Firefighters were able to get a handle on the flames, but they expect the fire to burn for several more hours.
PG&E officials say a little under 400 customers had their power cut in the area of the fire for safety. Most of the customers had their power restored throughout the morning, while full restoration was expected by 11:30 a.m.
Smoke from the fire was seen around Stockton, including from the starting line of Stage 3 of the Amgen Tour of California near the Stockton Arena.
This is the third large fire to break out in Stockton in the past few weeks. A paper recycling facility went up in flames at the Port of Stockton on April 22, while another pallet yard – this one on West Scotts Avenue – caught fire on April 23.