Residents of Ceres have been ordered to shelter in place for a hazmat incident

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Some Ceres residents have been ordered to shelter in place due to a hazmat incident at an agricultural supply business.

Some Ceres residents have been ordered to shelter in place due to a hazmat incident at an agricultural supply business.

Modesto Fire Department

A fire at a farm supply business west of Ceres has prompted a shelter-in-place request from nearby residents.

“Currently, a large quantity of fertilizer grade sulfur is smoldering inside a 40,000 square foot concrete warehouse,” said Modesto Fire Deputy Chief Darin Jesberg. “Fire crews are working with site personnel to isolate and contain the smoldering product.”

The incident began at 11:11 a.m.

The Stanislaus County Office of Emergency Services posted social media messages asking residents within a one-mile radius of the fire shelter to be in place.

“Air quality is potentially hazardous due to a hazardous materials incident,” the post read. “Stay indoors, close the windows and turn off the HVAC.”

Jesberg said there was no immediate threat to structures or life.

There are more than 50 people at the scene, including Modesto Fire, Stanislaus Consolidated, Ceres Police, Ceres Public Works, Stanislaus Sheriff Department, Department of Environmental Resources and the Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigation Unit is currently on the scene. premises.

We will hear more about this story as information becomes available.

Erin Tracy covers criminal justice and breaking news. She started working at the Modesto Bee in 2010 and previously worked at newspapers in Woodland and Eureka. She graduated from Humboldt State University.

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