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Massive fire breaks out at a Stockton lumberyard for second time in three weeks

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A large, five-alarm fire broke out Tuesday morning, May 14, 2019, at a Stockton, California, lumberyard, officials say, near the 1800 block of E. Market Street.
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A large, five-alarm fire broke out Tuesday morning, May 14, 2019, at a Stockton, California, lumberyard, officials say, near the 1800 block of E. Market Street.

A large, five-alarm fire broke out Tuesday morning at a Stockton lumberyard, fire and police officials say.

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.

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.

Photos posted by Stockton police show the fire started at the yard for Central Pallets.

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.

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.

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Michael McGough anchors The Sacramento Bee’s breaking news reporting team, covering public safety and other local stories. A Sacramento native and lifelong capital resident, he interned at The Bee while attending Sacramento State, where he earned a degree in journalism.
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