Wednesday Jun 29 2011
Blaze causes $50K in damage
By: Martha Garcia, Colfax Record Editor
Fast reponse by local firefighters minimized spread
While a fire last week caused some major damage to a Colfax building, firefighters managed to contain the fire quickly and keep it from spreading. According to Cal Fire Colfax Battalion Chief Chris Paulus, the fire at Granny’s Plaza, located on Canyon Way in Illinoistown, was reported at 1:57 p.m. June 23 and crews were on site within three minutes. Other agencies responding were the Colfax Volunteer Fire, Placer County Fire, Placer Hills Fire and Alta Fire departments, and the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, Paulus said. Stacy Williams, who was working in her building next door where she will open the Dine N Dash cafe in a few weeks, said the fire crews were doing an “unbelievable” job cleaning Granny’s Plaza after the fire. Paulus said the cause of the fire, which he estimates to have caused $50,000 in damage in the attic and roof, is under investigation. Pene Todd owns the building, formerly the home of the Sierra Nevada Grange. It was unoccupied and for sale. She said the building “held up” to the fire because it has concrete floors and block walls, but it does have extensive damage to the roof and the heating and air system. “We bought it about 10 years ago,” Todd said, when it was totally gutted and remodeled. Tenants have included a packaged-home business and, most recently, a kitchen construction business. Todd said she expects to have the building back into sellable condition within a month, almost as quickly as she was been able to fix up another one of her buildings that recently had a fire. The Colfax Junction, the former freight depot building on North Main Street, suffered smoke and structural damage in a May 27 fire. Todd said the fire in the wooden building, erected in 1880, might have been started in the back deck by a burning cigarette. “The Colfax Junction is up and running after three weeks of reconstruction,” Todd said. “Terry (Murphy of InVision Beauty Salon) was back in her original spot as of Monday morning.” Until repairs could be made, Murphy had been operating out of a temporary studio made available to her by her neighbor in the building, Tim Calvert of the Calvert Veterinary Clinic. “Please come visit the (Calamity Jane) ice cream parlor, the beauty salon and the new vet in town, because they’re up and running,” Todd said. Todd also recommends that building owners review their insurance policies for coverage. “I had excellent insurance. I’s not as bad as it could have been. I think everybody should check them. I’m going through all of my policies to make sure they’re as good as these were,” she said.