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Fire at Cafe Petra in downtown Chico

Fire at Cafe Petra in downtown Chico

Gordy Papalias

April 23, 2019

Chico Fire Department responded to a fire at Cafe Petra on 163 2nd St. at about 4 p.m. on Monday. The fire was contained between the first and second floor of the building. Fire crews worked through the afternoon to open the roof and the ceiling to ventilate and extinguish the fire.There was a significant amount of charring according to Chico Fire Chief Steve Standridge, but there was no structural damage and the building should make a full recoveryNo one was injured during the fire and Chico Fire Department is currently looking into how it started.Gordon Papalias can be reached at [email protected] or @G...

3-vehicle accident leads to fatality

3-vehicle accident leads to fatality

Gordy Papalias

April 17, 2019

Chico Police Department responded to a three-car traffic collision that led to one fatality at Marigold and East Avenue on Saturday.A vehicle with a solo driver was traveling at a high speed eastbound on East Avenue and collided with another vehicle that was occupied by two subjects. The second vehicle was traveling northbound on Marigold Avenue at the time of the collision. The third vehicle was occupied by three people and sustained only minor damage.Three subjects were transported to a local hospital where one subject died from the collision, according to a Chico Police Department press release.The Chico Police Department Major Accident Inve...

Maintenance worker trapped in mid-air behind Acker Gym

Maintenance worker trapped in mid-air behind Acker Gym

Josh Cozine

April 23, 2018

A Chico State maintenance worker required rescue by Acker Gym Monday after getting stuck on a safety rope.The man became stuck, suspended in air by safety ropes, before Chico Fire helped the man down. Captain Shawn Eccles and Chico Engine 2 responded to the ropes set-up in the area behind Acker Gym...

Chico Fire responds to residence fire

Chico Fire responds to residence fire

Josh Cozine

April 18, 2018

The attic of a residence at 490 East 20th Street was in flames Tuesday evening, when Chico Fire Division Chief Jesse Alexander arrived on scene. According to Alexander, four fire engines, 17 firefighters, and more equipment was dispatched at 9:29 p.m. to the house fire. The westbound lane of East 20th...

Fire Department hosts a 911 remembrance ceremony

Fire Department hosts a 911 remembrance ceremony

Christian Solis

September 11, 2017

Chico Fire Station held a Sept. 11 memorial for victims and heroes of the attack.Members of the community gathered around a 9-11 monument, 16 years later, on Monday. It took place at the Chico Fire Station Five. Commemorating the sacrifice of the the firefighters who valiantly fought to save victims of...

House on 7th and Chestnut Streets excavated

House on 7th and Chestnut Streets excavated

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 out, causing no harm to surrounding structures.No injuries have been reported."So far, we have not found anyone...

Chico Fire Department hopes students ‘Drop and Dash’ old couches

Chico Fire Department hopes students ‘Drop and Dash’ old couches

Bridget Comito

May 18, 2016

Chico State's history of setting couches on fire has caused much risk and hazard to the community, according to the Chico Fire Department. Because of this trend, the department has created a program known as Drop and Dash. The event will be hosted on May 24 and 26 at the Chico Fire Department from 1...

Wanted: Chico college couches

Wanted: Chico college couches

December 8, 2015

The unsigned Orion editorial is a collaborative effort of the entire editorial board.

New ordinance to reduce couch fires

New ordinance to reduce couch fires

December 7, 2015

Chico City Council passed a new city ordinance proposed by the Chico Fire Department that could reduce the amount of couch and furniture-related fires. The ordinance bans residents and Chico State students alike from having any indoor furniture placed on their porch or in front of their residence. “Th...

Trash-fire quickly exterminated by Chico Fire Department

Trash-fire quickly exterminated by Chico Fire Department

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 the neighborhood.A large debris pile caught on fire in a man's backyard, according to local Chico Fire Department firefi...

Fire prevention in wake of destructive fires

Fire prevention in wake of destructive fires

Austin Herbaugh

September 29, 2015

The Valley fire north of Napa is now one of the top three most destructive wildfires in California history, burning more than 1,200 homes near Middletown. There have been more than 5,300 wildfires statewide this year, altogether scorching almost 300,000 acres, according to Cal Fire. With no i...

Butte Fire ranks 14 on Cal Fire’s most dangerous list

Carly Plemons

September 18, 2015

In Cal Fires’ list of Top 20 Most Dangerous Wildfires, Butte Fire has ranked number 14 in the Amador and Calaveras counties. The fire has spread 71,780 acres and 47 percent is contained. Damages from the fire include 2 civilian deaths, 252 residences, 188 outbuildings and 17 structures. Although Butte Fire i...

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