Early Sunday morning, April 14, the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District was called to a commercial building that had flames erupting from it at the Riverbank Industrial Complex on Claus Road, inside Building No. 9. According to Public Information Officer/Acting Battalion Chief, Captain Buck Condit, the call came in at 3:51 a.m. on Sunday with the fire originating in an automotive shop due to an electrical issue in the shop. There were no injuries and no one was inside at the time of the incident.
The security guard at the location in the front of the complex heard an explosion, which was determined to be a couple of tires from the shop. Surveillance video during the investigation showed that the origin of the fire was accidental. There were flames extending out of the building number 9 on the west side. The large building was engulfed in dense black smoke which caused damage to items in the building including vehicles and boats. Condit said that there were five engines, two trucks, two battalion chiefs, and one fire investigator on scene. He added that it was a quick knockdown of the fire. The cleanup and damage is estimated at a conservative 100,000.