Two-alarm fire guts 99 Cent Store in North Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, CA (North Sacramento) – Sacramento firefighters had a busy Thursday morning after a two-alarm fire gutted a commercial occupancy in North Sacramento.

Around 7:30 this morning fire crews were on scene of a commercial strip mall structure fire with heavy flames and black smoke from the interior and roof top. Firefighters quickly went into a defensive attack mode due to the size of the flames and for the safety of the crews. A second alarm was called to bring in additional resources for the fire fight.

Chris Harvey, Public Information Officer with the Sacramento Fire Department said in an online video that firefighters experienced entry issues on the back portion of the business. Plywood and bars on the doors and windows caused firefighters to have to use forceable entry.

For a short time sounds of was thought to be ammunition were going off during the firefight, however it was later determined that the sounds were from aerosol canisters inside the business erupting.

Fire officials reported getting a good knockdown on the fire around 7:57, with the salvage operations starting around 8:12.

Firefighters from both the Sacramento Fire Department and Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District worked to extinguish the blaze.

No injuries were reported and the fire was contained to the unit of origin, which was a 99 Cents type store. Fire officials had not determined a cause for the fire and an investigation was ongoing at time of posting.

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