SACRAMENTO — Flames and smoke filled the air at the site of an abandoned building on Freeport Boulevard Wednesday in South Sacramento.
“I just happened to be outside letting my dogs out for a little break and they were acting up. So I happened to look out and I saw this little fire out on the side of the building,” said witness Dwayne Kushida.
Sacramento fire officials said they got a call about a commercial structure fire near the Bing Maloney Golf Course just before noon.
Commercial Structure Fire on the 6600 Block of Freeport Blvd is at 2nd alarm. Fire has vented through the roof. pic.twitter.com/JtDJyfemwU
— Sacramento Fire (@SacFirePIO) July 17, 2019
“About five minutes these guys were here but then that fire just started exploding,” Kushida told FOX40.
Firefighters immediately worked to put out the flames before they were forced to evacuate due to the unsound structure.
“As soon as we had a roof collapse and the fire had made it through, it becomes very unsafe for our members to operate on the interior,” said Sacramento Fire Capt. Keith Wade.
Kushida said the office building hasn’t been occupied for years but also said it’s a popular hangout for the homeless.
No injuries were reported.
While fire officials continued putting out flames, investigators were still working to determine the exact cause.
“Right now, it’s going to be a matter of us being here for quite a while to fully extinguish it,” Wade said.
Capt. Wade said arson investigators were on scene and had already checked the exterior of the building. They were still waiting to get inside the building to find out what started the fire.
This is a developing story.