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Two-alarm fire erupts at vacant Modesto home


Firefighters from the Modesto Fire Department battled a two-alarm house fire Sunday morning.

The fire engulfed a vacant home on the 700 block of Empire Avenue. The fire that burned the single-story home also threatened occupied structures to the north and south sides according to the Modesto Fire Department's Facebook page.

Since there was a gas line feeding the fire and downed power lines limiting fire crews, response was raised to two-alarms.

A total of 31 people worked to battle the fire and it took crews an hour to extinguish the fire completely. All threatened structures were protected from the fire and no occupants were displaced. The damage was estimated to be $50,000.

The cause of the fire is undermined.


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Hughson High School football players cited for hazing


Two high school football players were cited for battery for an alleged hazing incident at Hughson High School, the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department said.

Deputy Anthony Bejaran said the department received a complaint on Oct. 31, but would say when the alleged hazing happened. Bejaran said other players were present at the time of the incident and no sexual battery occurred. He did not say where the victims were allegedly hazed on school campus.

The names of the suspects or the victims will not be released because they are minors.

The next step in prosecution is up to officials at Stanislaus County juvenile court.