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University Police Officer awarded after saving the life of Whitney Hall resident

Chico State Officer Alexander Scott received accolades for saving the life of a Chico State student last fall.

Kimberly Morales

February 5, 2020

Chico State Police officer Alexander Scott saved the life of a Chico State student over a year ago. Wednesday, Officer Scott was awarded for his vital aid and quick thinking.  On September 19, 2018, Officer Scott responded to a medical call for a student living in Whitney Hall. After discovering...

Firefighters respond to Jesus Center incident

The Jesus Center is located on Park Avenue in Chico. Photo credit: Josiah Nicholl

Jessie Imhoff

November 16, 2019

The fire department was called Friday for a small, smoldering fire that broke out at the Jesus Center.According to Chico Fire Chief Steve Standridge, there was a hot water heater on the second floor of the building that overheated the floor, causing minor damage.Once it was located, it was put out b...

Fire at Cafe Petra in downtown Chico

A fire broke out at Cafe Petra on Monday.

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

The safety lines where a maintenance worker became stranded behind Acker Gym Monday, before rescue by Chico Fire. Photo credit: Josh Cozine

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 battles a house fire at East 20th Street. Photo courtesy of Chico Fire Facebook.

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

Miller attended the 9-11 rememberance ceremony. Photo credit: Christian Solis

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

7th and Chestnut House Excavation Photo credit: Alejandra Fraga

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

A couch fire  set in April last year. Photo Credit: Brittany McClintock

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 10 ...

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

Map of furniture-related fires in Chico. Photo courtesy of Chico Fire Department.

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

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

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...

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