- Nov 16, 2004
EARLY MORNING 4-ALARM FIRE DESTROYS BUSINESS IN RANCHO CORDOVA
SAC METRO ARSON INVESTIGATORS TEAM UP WITH A.T.F. IN EFFORT TO DETERMINE CAUSE
At 12:29 this morning, Sac Metro Fire Fighters responded a reported internal alarm in a commercial building in Rancho Cordova. Several smoke and heat detectors inside the property had been activated by the blaze. Upon Engine 68's arrival at 11407 Elks Circle, the crew found thick black smoke coming from a large concrete tilt-up structure that housed two businesses; SUV and Truck Parts and Lee's Automotive Repair. Engine 68 requested additional fire apparatus, deployed a hose line, and made entry into SUV and Truck Parts, which contained the main body of fire. The crew managed to advance 40 feet inside the business before the decision was made to pull back to the exterior due to extreme heat, zero visibility and the potential for building! collapse. Just minutes after the crew withdrew the high-piled stock and part of the roof caved in. As additional crews arrived on scene, a well-coordinated effort by truck companies and engine crews was able to prevent the fire from spreading into the adjoining business (Lee's Automotive Repair).
The fire fighting operation eventually grew to four alarms involving 11 engines, 5 truck companies, 1 medic and 8 command staff. All told, 61 personnel battled the fire. Sac Metro personnel had a big assist from the firewall that separated the two businesses. The wall contained the fire long enough to allow fire fighters the time to force their way into the adjoining business. When the flames finally began to breech the firewall, crews were waiting with 2 1/2" hoselines and then utilized some 500 gallons of water per minute to prevent the flames from damaging the auto repair shop. It took approximately 1 1/2 hours for the fire to be extinguished.
While SUV and Truck Parts was completely destroyed, Lee's Automotive Repair suffered only minor smoke and water damage. There were no injuries to fire fighters or civilians. Sac Metro Fire arson investigators requested agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to respond to the scene. Investigators from both agencies have teamed up in an effort to determine how the fire started. At this time, the cause of the fire remains under investigation, with a wide variety of scenarios still under consideration.