Cause of B&C blaze undetermined |

Cause of B&C blaze undetermined

Two days after a Grass Valley hardware store roof caught fire, investigators Monday hadn’t determined the cause of the blaze.

At 9:48 p.m. Friday, a caller reported the 5-by-5-foot fire on the roof of B&C True Value Home and Garden Center on Nevada City Highway in the Fowler Center.

Firefighters from Nevada City, Grass Valley, Nevada County Consolidated and the California Department of Forestry fire departments responded to the call and used ladders to climb up the side of the two-story business, which was closed at the time. The fire was put out by 10:20 p.m.

The estimated loss was less than $10,000, Consolidated Fire Chief Tim Fike said Monday.

“The sprinkler system helped save the building,” Fike said.

The fire started above a sprinkler head, causing it to go off, he said. Fire did not reach the inside of the store, and there was no smoke damage. There was a small amount of water damage, he said.

Fike said that the day before the fire, on Thursday, roofers worked on the hardware store roof and installed shingles near where the fire started. However, their work most likely did not contribute to the blaze, he said.

“They didn’t have ‘hot equipment’ (such as tar heaters),” he said.

An insurance investigator is looking into the blaze, Fike said. The store remained open throughout the weekend.

– Roman Gokhman

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