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Fire in Catta Verdera

By: Brandon Darnell, News Messenger Reporter
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Nobody was injured when two maintenance sheds on the Catta Verdera Golf Course burned Thursday afternoon. While the cause of the fire is undetermined, firefighters are unable to rule out smoking or oil-based stain as a possiblity, said Lincoln Fire Chief Dave Whitt. Damages are roughly estimated at at least $250,000, according to Whitt. Electrical causes have been ruled out, and there has been nothing to indicate arson, Whitt said. The fire was kept from spreading to more than half an acre of open grassland, said Roseville Fire Department Div. Chief Dennis Mathisen. The call came in shortly after 2 p.m. “The building was just a ball of flame,” said Operator Richard MacCracken of the Lincoln Fire Department. “It was burning real heavy. We knocked it down with the deck gun.” MacCracken estimates that the fire was under control within 30 minutes. "I'f we'd had a traditional southwesterly breeze, it would have been a challenge," Whitt said. In all, six fire engines, one ladder truck, three water tenders and four battalion chiefs from at least four different agencies – including Lincoln, Rocklin, Roseville and Calfire – arrived to fight the blaze. Fertilizer stored in one shed was a concern to firefighters, who built a soil dam around a storm drain to keep the hazardous materials from flowing into nearby creeks, according to Mathisen. Updated 1:55 p.m. July 17. Brandon Darnell can be reached by e-mail at brandond@goldcountrymedia.com.