Monday night and early Tuesday morning proved a busy one for the Visalia Fire Department.
On Monday, December 19, 2016, at 11:11pm, the Visalia Fire Department was dispatched to a commercial fire alarm at 1847 S. Mooney, the location of the Dollar General store. Upon the arrival of the first fire unit, personnel found smoke showing from a large commercial structure and requested a full structure response as they began to set up for fire attack.
Additional fire units were dispatched and arrived on the scene. Fire crews made entry into the building, which was fully charged with smoke, and found a fire burning in the rear portion of the store. The fire sprinkler system had activated and was holding the fire in-check. Fire crews completed extinguishment and overhaul operations with the fire contained in approximately 30 minutes.
The fire caused an estimated $20,000 in damage to the structure and $250,000 in damage to the contents. There were no injuries to civilian or fire personnel and the cause of the fire has not been determined.
Just a few hours later at 1:56 a.m., the Fire Department was dispatched to the smell of smoke at 535 W. Kaweah. Upon the arrival of the first fire unit, they found smoke showing from the attic vents of a single family residence and they requested a full structure response as additional fire units were dispatched.
Fire personnel found that all residents had evacuated, and upon further investigation, they found a fire burning in the attic space of the structure. Fire crews attacked the fire and worked to protect the personal property of the residents with the fire contained in approximately 30 minutes. However, Fire crews remained on scene for almost three hours due to the labor intense overhaul and mop-up. There were no injuries to civilians or fire personnel, but the fire caused an estimated $70,000 in damage to the structure and $5,000 in damage to the contents. The cause of the fire was electrical in nature.