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Westley truck stop fire ruled accidental

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WESTLEY, CA - The fire that destroyed a Stanislaus County truck stop early Thursday morning was an accident, according to Modesto Fire Department Interim Chief Mike Kraus.  Kraus said the department doesn't have a definitive cause for the fire, but investigators can't rule out electrical problems.  The fire destoryed Joe's Travel Plaza at 4415 Howard Road along Interstate 5 in Westley.

Authorities said hazardous runoff from the fire threatened the Delta-Mendota Canal. According to Sgt. John Walker with the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department, unknown chemicals in the burned building have contaminated the water, which is draining into the nearby canal.

The canal connects with the California Aquaduct, which provides drinking water to Southern California.

Walker said sheriff's deputies and the California Highway Patrol have been called to the scene to help keep people away from the fire and the water. 

The fire, in an abandoned portion of the truck stop, broke out after midnight Thursday morning.   No injuries were reported in the fire.