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Tuesday, 24 July 2018 16:53

Orangevale, CA, Body Repair Shop Burns in 2-Alarm Fire

Written by Rachel Zirin, The Folsom Telegraph

With help from the Folsom Fire Department, Sacramento Metro Fire was able to extinguish a well-involved structure fire at 9:40 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, in Orangevale, CA.

Metro Fire Inspector Diana Schmidt said when units arrived on scene on the 9400 block of Greenback Lane, the auto body shop in flames had been fully evacuated, but one male sustained minor injuries while helping others evacuate.

Schmidt said a total of 56 personnel from Metro Fire and Folsom responded to the call.

Two Battalion Chiefs, five engines, rescue and one truck initially responded to the fire, but then called a second alarm for an additional two Battalion Chiefs, one medic, four engines, a hazmat rig and one truck.

Folsom Division Chief Ken Cusano said the structure on fire was part-car dealership and part-repair facility, and that when they arrived, the vehicles inside the shop were on lifts and in heavy fire.

He said Greenback was shut down during the time of fire to access the fire hydrants nearby.

Firefighters were able to knock out the fire by 10:21 p.m., Schmidt said.

“We don’t have any reason to believe it was suspicious. We believe it was accidental,” Schmidt said. “This was a commercial structure related to automotive. What anyone could take away from this is to make sure they dispose of oil rags in a metal container with a tight-fitting lid and keep garages clean overall.”

No further information has been released at this time.

We thank The Folsom Telegraph for reprint permission.

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