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Update: Fire at old Gridley cannery complex contained, but parts still burn

Fire personnel battle a blaze Wednesday night at a vacant 100,000-square-foot cannery complex in the 100 block of Kentucky Street in Gridley.
Fire personnel battle a blaze Wednesday night at a vacant 100,000-square-foot cannery complex in the 100 block of Kentucky Street in Gridley.

Firefighters remained on the scene Thursday morning in an effort to fully extinguish a blaze that destroyed a large building in a vacant cannery complex in Gridley.

The three-alarm fire broke out at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the site of the old Gridley cannery in the small town about 17 miles north of Yuba City on Highway 99.

Mary Ann Aldrich, spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the Butte County Fire Department, said the fire had been contained to 100,000-square-foot building in the complex in the 100 block of Kentucky Street.

Firefighters arrived to find portions of the building fully involved, leading to second and third alarms.

Aldrich said fire crews from several agencies, including the Chico, Oroville and Sutter County fire departments responded and kept the blaze from spreading to other buildings in the complex. Parts of the building continued to burn Thursday morning, however.

“Fire crews were there all night,” said Aldrich. “It is more under control, but there is still active fire burning within the warehouse. It is a large, large building. So it’s not out yet. We will have crews there Thursday and possibly longer.”

Investigators were on site Thursday morning trying to determine what caused the fire.

Aldrich said the complex is the site of the old Gridley Cannery. The buildings, though still viable, have not been occupied for about 10 years, she said.

“The cannery was owned by several different companies,” said Aldrich.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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