RIO VISTA — Montezuma Fire District Chief Joe Rosewall compared a Friday morning fire in a large, metal building to putting a lid over a flaming barbecue pit.
“Everything that was inside that building was burning,” Rosewall said.
The 2,200-square-foot metal workshop is located at 8274 B and R Lane near Liberty Island Road, north of Rio Vista. It contained such items as a 1955 Chevrolet Nomad that was being restored, paints, aerosol cans, tools, a lawnmower and business records, Rosewall said.
A neighbor noticed the fire and the call for response went out at 5:52 a.m., Rosewall said. When Rosewall arrived, he saw a red glow coming from the tin siding and smoke coming through roof cracks.
Firefighters opened the door and had to back off because of the heat. The lead firefighter had his goggles melt. He suffered a burn that Rosewall compared to “a real bad sunburn,” though he went golfing later that day.
Three engines and a water tender from the Montezuma Fire Protection District and a water tender from the Rio Vista Fire Department responded to the fire. All that was left inside the building was charred remains, Rosewall said.
Firefighters on Friday afternoon didn’t know the cause of the fire, though Rosewall ruled out arson.
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