VACAVILLE — A small fire in a warehouse caused the Mariani Packing Company to evacuate up to 300 employees Wednesday afternoon as firefighters rushed to keep flames from spreading.
The first calls came in around 4:10 p.m., reporting a pallet fire in the warehouse on the 500 block of Crocker Drive in north Vacaville.
“It was in a section between the north and the center warehouses there,” Vacaville city public information officer Mark Mazzaferro said. “It’s confined to that area, but there was a lot of smoke.”
The burning pallets were stacked with flat cardboard boxes. When the fire reached a height of about 8 feet or so, the building’s sprinkler system went to work.
“The sprinklers kicked on, but our guys responded anyway,” Mazzaferro said. “Naturally it was a large response because of the size of the operation, (you) don’t know the extent of the fire.”
In all, eight engines were on scene from the Vacaville Fire Department, Vacaville Fire Protection District, Dixon Fire Department and the California Medical Facility.
The fire was upgraded to a second alarm and engines set up a 1,200-foot supply line to get water to the burning pallets.
“They’ve sent some folks home only because of the smoke situation,” Mazzaferro said. “So they’re going to shut down for this afternoon and the evening and plan to reopen (Thursday).”
There was no damage estimate Wednesday afternoon as fire crews continued to mop up, and no cause had been determined.
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