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Flames shoot 40 feet high as fire destroys Stockton apartment building under construction

‘Still in awe’: Stockton firefighters stop this enormous building fire from spreading

A fire at the Sierra Vista apartment complex under construction in Stockton destroyed the six-unit building on March 19, 2019. Stockton fire chief Rick Stubstad told The Record newspaper, “I’m still in awe the other buildings didn’t catch on fire.”
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A fire at the Sierra Vista apartment complex under construction in Stockton destroyed the six-unit building on March 19, 2019. Stockton fire chief Rick Stubstad told The Record newspaper, “I’m still in awe the other buildings didn’t catch on fire.”

Stockton fire crews responded to a two-alarm fire Tuesday night that destroyed apartments under construction at the Sierra Vista complex.

A video posted to Facebook by Stockton Firefighters Local 456 shows the structure fully engulfed in flames. The Facebook post said the blaze threatened other completed units, but did not spread to them.

Stockton Fire Department officials told the Stockton Record on Wednesday that flames from the fire reached 30 to 40 feet high.

The destroyed structure was a six-unit apartment building under construction as part of a remodel at Sierra Vista, the Record reported.

Sierra Vista is a low-income housing project. San Joaquin County in 2017 approved a $34 million renovation of the complex, which houses about 400 families.

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