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Modesto apartment where shooting suspect is believed holed up on fire

April 12, 2012 | 11:46 pm

Fire erupted late Thursday in the Modesto apartment building where a fatal shooting occurred earlier in the day when authorities tried to serve an eviction notice.  

Bellowing flames engulfed the top of the building on Chrysler Drive believed to be the one where the suspect in the shooting of a sheriff's deputy and another man was holed up, the Modesto Bee reported.

Hugo Patino of the Modesto Fire Department tweeted that the fire was burning on the second floor of the apartment building.

Earlier in the day, Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies and another man went to the Modesto home to evict the tenant from the residence. The suspect fired from inside. Deputy Robert Paris and an unidentified civilian were killed.

More than 100 police officers, including several SWAT teams, surrounded the home during the ongoing 12-hour standoff. Authorities used loudspeakers, promising the suspect safety if he surrendered, the paper reported.

About 10:20 p.m., the flames spewed into the air. The cause of the fire is unknown but authorities said they did not use any devices that could have started the fire.

A call to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department was not immediately returned late Thursday.

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Photo: Police at the scene of the shooting. Credit: Fox 40

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