Santa Fe Market tallies loss: $500K
01/11/2014 12:00 AM
01/10/2014 11:34 AM
A three-alarm fire Wednesday night caused at least $500,000 in damage at a downtown market, according to a Fire Department official.
Fire Chief Chet Guintini said his department responded to the fire at 11 p.m. at Santa Fe Market, 1109 Sixth St. The store had closed at 9:30 p.m.
“The fire was on the north side of the building. There was a large amount of smoke,” Guintini said.
He said the fire appears to be electrical in origin and likely started in a storage room.
Guintini said his department sent 20 firefighters and four engines to the scene, and the Merced County Fire Department provided assistance with two engines and six firefighters. He said three alarms were issued before the blaze was extinguished.
“We had to cut holes in the roof,” Guintini said, explaining that additional ventilation was needed to gain control of the fire.
He said the store owner told him that $200,000 worth of inventory was destroyed in the fire. Guintini estimates an additional $300,000 to $350,000 in damage was done to the structure.
Guintini said no firefighters were hurt. He also said the damage to the store was contained to the north side.
Santa Fe Market was closed Thursday. It is uncertain how soon the business will reopen
Editor's Choice Videos
Join the Discussion
Merced Sun-Star is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.