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Early morning fire guts East Sacramento building

An auto-related business in East Sacramento went up in flames Friday morning but quick work by firefighters kept the blaze from spreading to adjacent businesses and an electrical substation.

Sacramento Fire Department crews were called to the smoky fire at 34th Street and Stockton Boulevard about 4:30 a.m.

Flames were shooting from in front of the building when crews arrived. Firefighters first tried to fight the fire from inside the structure but the intensity of the blaze was too strong.

Crews were ordered off the roof and from the inside and firefighters assumed a defensive approach to containing the fire. Ladders on trucks with nozzles high in the air poured water onto the top of the structure.

The fire eventually reached three alarms, primarily due to the shooting flames and the spread of fire throughout the building, which was eventually gutted.

“One of our main concerns right from the beginning was a SMUD substation located directly behind the building,” said fire department spokesman Roberto Padilla. “Crews did a great job preventing the fire from spreading to that and also the adjacent buildings.”

The building, which had a Porsche repair sign, was a complete loss, Padilla said.

Light rail trains that travel nearby were not interrupted. However, Stockton Boulevard was closed so that firefighters could position trucks to fight the blaze.

Power was shut off for a time to the area to allow aerial trucks to safely elevate ladders. No cause of the fire was released.