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Update: Redding Garage Fire Ignited by Spontaneous Combustion

The garage fire off of Mesa and Placer Streets on Friday afternoon was caused by spontaneous combustion from discarded rags, according to the Redding Fire Department.

Posted: Jun 15, 2018 4:13 PM
Updated: Jun 16, 2018 10:44 AM

REDDING, Calif. - The garage fire off of Mesa and Placer Streets on Friday afternoon was caused by spontaneous combustion from discarded rags, according to the Redding Fire Department.

Spontaneous combustion, better known as the ignition of organic matter, was blamed for damaging the workshop which was a converted garage, used in a painting business.



REDDING, Calif.
—Redding firefighters are looking into what may have caused a fire that destroyed a garage just after noon Friday.

The fire happened on Mesa Street just off Placer Street.

Neighbors reported hearing a loud explosion just before the fire broke out.

When firefighters arrived on scene they found a detached garage fully engulfed in flames.

Chief Firefighter Gerry Gray said, “We did call a second alarm which is all available fire units, on duty fire units from the city of Redding. So it's a heavy commitment for us, but our firefighters knocked this fire down in a very quick amount of time.”

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Neighbors say that the man who lived in the house was a painter and used the space as a workshop to store materials.

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