Nevada City ‘not closed down,’ says firefighter |

Nevada City ‘not closed down,’ says firefighter

Robert HugginsReactions among watchers of the fire in downtown Nevada City on Wednesday ranged from tearful to curious to shocked.
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Historic Nevada City is back in business as fire crews continue to extinguish an overnight fire that destroyed a 1912 building housing four businesses.

Charlie Jakobs, spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said fire crews would be in town for at least 24 hours to mop up and make sure the fire is out.

“Nevada City is safe,” he said. “Nevada City is not closed down.” Cause of the fire remains under investigation.

David Vertin, president of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, praised the firefighters’ quick action.

“This could have been a disaster,” he said.

“This is a major blow to our town,” Vertin said. “We’ve got to work together, get things rebuilt, and help all the people who have been affected.”

Nevada City is known for its preservation of historic Gold Rush architecture. The entire 93-building downtown historic district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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