Fire Destroys Downtown Redding Building

Battalion Chief Eric McMurtrey talks about this morning's fire. David Benda

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An early-morning fire on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, gutted this building on Yuba Street in downtown Redding.(Photo: David Benda/Record Searchlight)Buy Photo


An early morning, three-alarm fire gutted a vacant commercial building on Yuba Street in downtown Redding on Friday.

There were no injuries and the cause is under investigation.

Battalion Chief Eric McMurtrey said police earlier this week had to remove more than a dozen people who were in the same building illegally, but he said that incident was not related to the fire.

There was no one inside the building when the fire broke out around 4:15 a.m. Friday. It took firefighters about 90 minutes to contain the fire.


This fire destroyed a vacant building. Video is courtesy of Holly Schmitz. Wochit

Crews were still mopping up around 8:30 a.m.

McMurtrey said the building owner, whose name he did not know, has been contacted. He believes the owner does not live in Redding.

The Redding Fire Department was aided by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Redding police, Redding Electric Utility and the city’s streets department.

As of 9 a.m., Continental Street was closed between Butte and Placer streets, and Yuba was closed between Continental and Liberty Street.

The building that burned is the near the southwest corner of Yuba and Continental.

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