2-alarm fire damages north Visalia strip mall

Visalia Fire Department says cause of the fire is undetermined but was ‘suspicious in nature’

@TheSunGazette

VISALIA – Two businesses had extensive damage following a 2-alarm fire last week.

At 2:26 a.m. on Oct. 18, the Visalia Fire Department was dispatched to a commercial structure fire in the strip mall at 3000 N. Dinuba Blvd. When the first fire unit arrived they found moderate smoke showing from several buildings. A second alarm was requested, bringing addition fire apparatus and personnel. Fire crews forced entry through several doors and located the source of the flames in the Mountain Mikes Pizza Restaurant. The business was completely filled with smoke and fire crews found the fire sprinkler system had activated.

Twenty-three firefighters, five engines, two ladder trucks, one breathing support and two battalion chiefs were able to extinguish the fire in approximately 30 minutes. Fire personnel also forced entry into the Fiesta Auto Insurance business, and found smoke and water damage, but no fire extension.

The exact cause of the fire is undetermined at this time, but is suspicious in nature. The fire caused an estimated $80,000 in damage to Mountain Mikes and $5,000 to Fiesta Auto Insurance. There were no injuries to civilians or fire personnel.

The Tulare County Fire Department provided mutual aid during the fire incident and covered two City Fire Stations.

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