Merced, CA- The City of Merced Fire Department was dispatched to a commercial structure fire at 630 W. Main Street on December 18th, 2016 at approximately 10:09 a.m. Initial reports from dispatch advised multiple phone calls stating that smoke was coming from 630 W. Main Street.
Approximately four minutes after being dispatched, the first fire resource arrived at scene and advised that heavy smoke was showing from the entire building. An offensive fire attack was initiated by fire personnel. The Incident Commander requested a second and third alarm, as well as mutual aid from other agencies. This fire took approximately three hours to control and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Approximately five engines, one truck, and one Battalion Chief from the City of Merced initially responded to this incident. Mutual aid was provided from Merced County Fire Department and the City of Turlock Fire Department. Merced PD provided assistance with traffic control and street closures.
Riggs Ambulance service provided an ambulance and supervisor to assist with medical monitoring and firefighter rehabilitation. City of Merced Public works division also responded to ensure the water supply system was not compromised.
The City of Merced Fire Department relied on off duty personnel to respond and staff reserve engines to maintain City coverage. A total of 52 firefighters responded to this incident and to assist with city coverage. 13 police officers, 2 public works personnel, 3 Riggs ambulance service personnel, and one building inspector also provided assistance during this incident.
At this time, fire investigators are working to determine the origin and cause of this fire. As previously stated, the cause of the fire is still under investigation. The building and the contents of the building have been deemed a total loss. No firefighters sustained injuries during suppression efforts.
The fire department is expected to have Main Street closed between M and N Street until the investigation is complete. During this time, all businesses along this street are open to the public.
Fire investigators are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to contact Battalion Chief Cory Haas at (209) 385-6891.