Four firefighters injured battling grass fire

Four firefighters injured battling grass fire

11 May 2012

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USA — Four firefighters were released from the hospital Thursday night, hours after battling a wind-swept fire along Olivero Road in south Modesto.

All four — three from the Modesto Regional Fire Authority and one from the Ceres Fire Department — suffered either smoke inhalation, dehydration or both, according to Modesto Battalion Chief Hugo Patino.

The fire was called in at 2:44 p.m., and firefighters arrived about six minutes later. Dry grass on the large lots fueled the flames, which destroyed a couple of sheds and a trailer, Patino said.

There were no reports of injuries to any residents along the street. Fire crews remained at the scene until about midnight. Patino was awaiting a report Friday on the fire’s cause.

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