Crescent City Fire and Rescue, with help from allied agencies, made quick work of a Thursday morning fire that started in a commercial area off Northcrest Drive. Firefighters responded at about 1 a.m. to the business complex at 1345 Northcrest Drive.

“Firefighters arrived to find a fire burning on the south end of a six-store front commercial structure at the Old Town Center,” said a release from Interim Fire Chief Bill Gillespie. “Sustained 30 mile per hour south winds were pushing flames and firebrands over the roof of the building.”

Firefighters from Pelican Bay State Prison and Crescent Fire slowed the spread of the fire while Pacific Power personnel shut off electricity to the building.

“Crews forced entry into the southernmost business through a rear door and were met with moderate smoke, but no fire,” Gillespie said. “The attic in the space was accessed and it was confirmed that there was no fire extension into the structure. On scene personnel also accessed the roof to confirm no fires were smoldering on the roof.”

The damage to the building was estimated at $40,000 with minimal smoke damage to the six businesses.

“Through the fast work of the firefighters, approximately $750,000 in building and contents value was saved,” Gillespie said. “Crescent City Fire and Rescue would like to encourage property owners to be sure that exterior access in and around buildings is secured. This would include locking or securing dumpsters and trash bins near buildings.”

Of the businesses affected, KCRE was without power and was broadcasting via generator power Thursday morning. Some lighthearted photos on the KCRE/KPOD Facebook page showed staff working in the dark building with flashlights.

The cause is under investigation.

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