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Chico building catches flames on Olive Street

Firefighters said high winds posed a danger when an outbuilding caught on fire in Chico.

Posted: Sep 24, 2019 4:03 PM

CHICO, Calif. - A fire destroyed a shed in the backyard of a home in Chico. The fire burned the hands of the man who lives in the home.

The fire happened at the corner of Humboldt and Olive streets. Firefighters on scene told Action News Now winds posed a danger when that shed caught on fire.

The homeowner and his son said they attempted to put out the flames themselves.

Firefighters said there were no other injuries and luckily they were able to contain the fire before it spread.

Fire captain Carlos Munoz said they tried to identify what was burning. 

"It was a detached garage," Munoz said. "With the wind and fire that we have today, it threatened the house itself. Luckily we were able to get suppression."

Investigators are still looking into the cause of the fire. 

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A trough of low pressure is moving over northern California this afternoon and tonight, and that will increase our wind speed and raise our area's fire danger even further. The wind will be weaker Thursday, but the smoke will get worse.
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