Clinic Fire Still Under Investigation

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, July 28, 2005

What’s left of the two-story complex was smoldering Thursday afternoon as about 20 firefighters were still on the scene. "Yeah, we still have a lot of hot spots inside – the building is dangerous."

Sacramento Fire Department Battalion Chief Alton McMillon says it took over 100 firefighters to put it out. "This is the largest fire that we’ve had this year."

He says although federal ATF and local fire marshals are still investigating, they already have a clue why the blaze was so huge. "One of the problems we had here – this building didn’t have any sprinkler system in it."

The fire displaced patients and staff at 16 clinics, including DaVita Dialysis Clinic. Nurse Julie Weis was standing near the charred structure Thursday holding a company sign up to passing traffic. "The sign is up to locate the Fed Ex driver with our payroll checks."

No one was injured in the blaze. Fire officials say it might have been sparked by an oxygen tank explosion. Damage is estimated at around $3 Million.