May 24–Oil-soaked rags, likely used for staining, were the apparent cause of a fire that gutted a building at a Fulton trucking company in northern Santa Rosa early Wednesday, according to Rincon Valley fire officials.
The fire, at the Hansen Transport shop at River and Fulton roads, burned a big rig parked inside and resulted in an estimated $300,000 loss in property, said Rincon Valley Fire Chief Jack Piccinini.
The fire was reported just before 1 a.m. Firefighters from the nearby Larkfield station arrived to find flames engulfing the estimated 5,000-square-foot shop, said Rincon Valley fire Capt. Neil Nicholson. Cal Fire, Windsor and Santa Rosa fire agencies also responded.
An office in the building and a second vehicle parked nearby also burned, Nicholson said.
The fire was under control in 33 minutes, according to the dispatch log. Crews were at the property until about 3 a.m.
Firefighters found the linseed oil and rags after putting out the fire, Piccinini said.
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