Fire Engulfs Suburban Calif. Strip Mall

November 9, 2011

About 80 firefighters were battling a blaze that had engulfed a store in a suburban Sacramento strip mall.

Sacramento Metro Fire Assistant Chief Scott Cockrum says there were no immediate reports of injuries.

Firefighters were called to the blaze at a Tuesday Morning store in Citrus Heights about 4 p.m. Monday.

He says traffic in one direction was shut down on streets surrounding the strip mall so fire crews could get access to the store. Television footage showed gridlocked traffic more than an hour later.

The building was engulfed in flames when crews arrived. Cockrum says the roof of the building later collapsed but that other stores in the strip mall were not endangered by the flames.

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