The Santa Rosa Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire Jan. 28 with smoke showing at 1026 Petaluma Hill Rd. with four engines, two trucks, two Chief Officers, one support unit and one fire investigator. The first arriving unit arrived in under four minutes and found a large metal commercial building with fire showing from the side and roof. Additional resources were requested to assist with fire attack for forcible entry to the building. The building is occupied by Garden Spout Hydroponics Equipment Supplier and was closed at the time of the fire.
Firefighters, a total of 24, had to use metal cutting saws to enter the building by cutting its large roll up metal doors. The building had heavy smoke throughout, with fire extending up the wall and into the roof structure. After making entry, firefights were hampered by low visibility and thick smoke. Firefighters searched the building for occupants, and none were found. Firefighters also accessed the roof to cut ventilation holes and extinguish fire in the façade.
The contents of the business sustained heat and heavy smoke damage, however structural damage was limited due to the building being made of metal. It took firefighters approximately 30 minutes to contain the fire and additional time for smoke removal of the office and mezzanine area.
The fire is currently under investigation by the Santa Rosa Fire Department. Investigators remain on scene and will be working to secure the building. Damage is estimated to be $100,000.