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4-Alarm Midtown Fire Destroys Food Bank and Extends to Diocese

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This morning at 1:46 am Sacramento firefighters responded to multiple reports of fire located at 1325 27th Street in midtown Sacramento. Initial fire crews arrived under five minutes and encountered heavy fire and smoke from the rear and attic of the second floor of the building. This building was identified as the River City Food Bank. Its contents consisted of mainly administrative office furniture and supplies. At 1:55am, a second alarm fire dispatch was requested, as the fire had quickly spread to the attic of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California located at 1327 27th Street.

Impinging flames from the roof of the food bank nearly ignited a third apartment; however swift application of direct large water streams by firefighters prevented the building from igniting. The thick wooden ceiling inside the food bank made it nearly impossible for firefighters to breach the ceiling from the inside in order to extinguish the fire. After thirty minutes of interior operations, all firefighters were evacuated from the building and large streams of water from ladders extending over the roof were used to extinguish the fire.

It took firefighters over one hour to gain control of the fire and four alarms; bringing over one hundred firefighters from Sacramento City and Metro Fire Departments to extinguish the fire. Both buildings remain standing and the Diocese damages were confined to the attic and several upstairs rooms. The Food Bank damages consist of the entire attic, roof collapse, and all upstairs rooms.

Fortunately no firefighters or civilians were injured; however one cat died and several residents from adjacent and surrounding apartments were temporary displaced due to the large amount of smoke and fire in the area. The cause of this fire is currently under investigation and Sacramento Fire crews will remain on scene until the investigation is complete.



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