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7 fires put out at Upper Bidwell, alleged arson

7 fires put out at Upper Bidwell, alleged arson

Hannah Suzuki

March 9, 2015


Filed under Breaking News, Crime, News

On Sunday afternoon 21-year-old Joey Valderrama and was detained for alleged arson. According to Steve Harrison, division chief of Chico Fire Department, seven fires were set near Division Dam at Upper Bidwell Park on Sunday afternoon. Shortly after 1 p.m., firefighters responded to the smal...

Chico Fire douses couch burning string

Chico Fire douses couch burning string

Robert Engels

September 15, 2014


Filed under Crime, News

Chico State students have a tradition of burning couches on the street which can be dangerous and considered a felony. A couch that caught on fire at a residence in the back of the Sigma Chi fraternity house off West Fourth and Ivy Streets damaged the exterior walls and nearly consumed the entire ...

Mechanical fire singes Acker Gym roof

Mechanical fire singes Acker Gym roof

Nicholas Carr

April 24, 2014


Filed under News

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 faculty member called emergency services, reported smoke and pulled a fire alarm around 9 a.m. which prompted an evacuation of the build...

Update: Fire caused property, city damage

Update: Fire caused property, city damage

Mozes Zarate

January 23, 2014


Filed under News

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 passing by, said Mort Meyer, a fire marshal. The fire occurred on the 200 block of East 10th Street. The...

House burning in avenues

House burning in avenues

John Riggin

January 22, 2014


Filed under News

Sirens were heard throughout the Avenues as multiple fire engines, trucks and paramedic units raced to respond to a house fire near the corner of 10th and Oleader avenues around 4 a.m. Wednesday morning. Brent Jeffries was across the street from the still-burning house as multiple units from the Fire Department attended to t...

Bamboo blaze smokes out avenues

Bamboo blaze smokes out avenues

Nicholas Carr

November 6, 2013


Filed under News

Firefighters Vincent Gama and Dominick Peloso soak the scorched remains of a bamboo thicket on Nov. 6. A thicket of bamboo went up in flames in the middle of a residential neighborhood earlier tonight. The fire, which caused no injuries and resulted in minimal damage excepting a property-line fence, occurred on the 600 bloc...

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