A vacant house fire keeping Chico firefighters busy for hours Wednesday morning.
The fire started at around 11:40 p.m. Thursdayon 1909 Magnolia Avenue in Chico. CAL FIRE and Chico Fire responded, and tell us the fire started in the front of the home. The fire then reached the attic, making it more difficult to access.
We spoke with Division Chief Chris Zinko at the scene, who explains obstacles of this fire: "it's an older house, it's got lath and plaster, and because of it it's just harder to get into the nooks and crannies, and every time we pull some ceiling or whatever there's a new fire so we're having a difficult time finding all the little fires in it."
The Chief tells us they were fighting flames for over an hour. With less staffing, he says they couldn't throw as many resources into the fire as they would have liked. They are investigating the cause of the fire as suspicious.More