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From the Field: Sacramento - Commercial Building Fire

Date: 2012-10-12
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Shortly after midnight on Sept. 24, members of the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District were dispatched to 5725 Marconi Avenue in Carmichael (CA) for reports of fire and explosions in a commercial building. First units arriving, only 2 and a half minutes after dispatch, found the structure already heavily involved in fire, with extension into the attic.  Firefighters immediately started attacking the fire from the ground, while truck crews ventilated the roof of the roughly 7,000 square foot building. A second alarm was quickly requested and crews from all nine engines, six trucks and two ambulances fought to extinguish the fire while minimizing damage to the contents.

The fire caused significant damage to the building, with almost half of it collapsing. All four businesses operating here were affected, though no occupants were present.  Metro Fire Battalion Chief Mike Daw stated, “With the help of second alarm companies, crews aggressively salvaged property unaffected by fire.” Personal property saved through salvage efforts is estimated to be $100,000. Damage to the structure and contents is estimated at $500,000.  

No civilians or firefighters were injured, and the cause of the fire is undetermined at this point.

Photo by Engineer/Paramedic Daniel Hoy/ Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District

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