Cause of Downtown Sacramento Fire Under Investigation

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The Theatrical Lighting Annex building on 14th and E Streets was the biggest fire in Downtown Sacramento Thursday, but after investigates had a chance to much through the debris the blaze doesn’t look suspicious.

“At this point we don’t have anything that tells us that it is suspicious so we are not leaning that direction now,” said Lloyd Ogan, deputy Battalion Fire Chief with the City of Sacramento.

Investigators haven’t finished so that could all change as they have more time to investigate. Friday they focused their search to the back of the building.

“Looks like it started in the back somewhere toward the alley side of this fire we are focusing our efforts on looking in that area,” said Ogan.

Investigators value the loss of this building at an excess of $2 million, it looks like part of the building can be saved, but all the contents on the inside are gone. The family in a statement said they used the facility has a family hang out and storage of their old cars, bikes and antiquities.

“Our hearts go out to the property owners because they experienced some significant loss in this fire,” said Ogan.

Investigators says there war smoke detectors inside the old structure but because of its age it was not required to have fire sprinklers.

“The eastern portion of the building is extremely unsound the walls are not reinforced its an old building and so we have some walls that are leaning some brick walls that are leaning there is going to be some shoring up that will be going on in the next few hours,” said Ogan.

While the loss was great inside the wear house, last night fire fighters were able to save the adjoining buildings that shared a wall with the building on fire. Ogan says that is really a credit to the hard work and dedication of his team. It is not an easy feat to keep a fire that big from spreading, it is believed they saved around 4 million dollars worth of assets.

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