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Fire in Butte County leads to evacuations

Photo courtesy of Butte County Sheriff's Office
August 30, 2017

A fire in Ponderosa started Tuesday afternoon, growing to cover 2,500 acres. The fire, nine-miles northeast of Oroville, is zero percent contained and expected to expand further north, according...

House on 7th and Chestnut Streets excavated

7th and Chestnut House Excavation Photo credit: Alejandra Fraga
February 25, 2017

Chico Fire and Police Department were still working at the scene of the 7th and Chestnut Streets house fire. The excavation of the house took place throughout the afternoon shortly after the fire was put...

Fire on Chestnut and W. 7th street

Chico Firefighters using all methods to tackle the fire on Chestnut and W. 7th street Photo credit: George Johnston
February 24, 2017

Savannah Epstein woke her boyfriend up and told him they needed to leave their apartment, the house next to them was on fire. Epstein says at 4 a.m. she heard people breaking into house. She began...

Trash-fire quickly exterminated by Chico Fire Department

Chico Fire Department putting out a trash fire near Warner Street in an alley on Monday afternoon. Photo credit: Lars Gustafson
November 4, 2015

A trash-fire on a alleyway by Warner Street was quickly put out by the Chico Fire Department. The fire occurred at 2:45 p.m. on Monday and the Fire Department arrived within 15 minutes as smoke filled...

Gunshots heard on First Street

October 19, 2015

University Police DepartmentCall Type: Fire alarm, Sunday, 9:44 a.m., Konkow HallSmoke detector. No further action taken.Call Type: Medical aid, Sunday, 9:47 a.m., Mechoopda HallA male allergic to monosodium...

Staying healthy in the smoke

A burned tree with a background of the smoke-filled sky. Photo credit: Allisun Coote
September 26, 2015

75,781 acres burned to the ground in Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties due to the third worst wildfire in California history. Although the fire is hundreds of miles away, Chico can still be affected health-wise...

Safeway fire leads to evacuation

Fire truck at Safeway on Tuesday morning after a dumpster fire. Photo credit: Nick Martinez-Esquibel
April 30, 2015

Ryan Murray, junior at Chico State, and his friend Kevin were on their way to Bidwell Park when they saw black smoke in the air on Tuesday coming from the Safeway on Mangrove Avenue. When they...

Obsession with safety saps fun, meaning from life

Illustration by Miles Huffman
April 11, 2015

Is everything too safe? That might strike many as ludicrous, human life being as precious as it is. Yet there are fire precautions in nearly every building on campus. Students get ticketed for skateboarding...

Mechanical fire singes Acker Gym roof

Firefighters used a portable ladder to get up and down from the roof of Acker Gym, where the mechanical fire took place. Photo credit: Angelo Boscacci
April 24, 2014

Fire engines and students lined Warner Street earlier this morning after a mechanical fire preceded an evacuation of Acker Gym.No injuries were reported, and classes in the building have recommenced.A...

Woman outside Boot Barn trying to stab people with needle

Woman outside Boot Barn trying to stab people with needle
February 15, 2014

Feb. 14Chico Police Department:Friday, 9:06 a.m.: Firearm found on the 600 block of East Seventh Street. "Reporting party (at Chico Police station), will be outside on benches. States he found a gun about...

Update: Fire caused property, city damage

The fire started in the detached garage and then spread to the rear portion of the home.Photo credit: Mozes Zarate
January 23, 2014

A house fire early Wednesday morning left neighboring properties damages in its wake, according to the Chico Fire Department. First reports of the fire were received at 3:49 a.m. by neighbors and drivers...

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