Orland’s structure fire is county’s 3rd in 12 hours

Glenn County Observer

Firefighters on the ground view the blaze behind the house at 106 Fourth Street as the Orland Fire Department’s ladder truck douses the outbuilding from above. Glenn County Observer photo by Larry Judkins.

Orland – An early Wednesday morning fire at the far north end of Fourth Street here was the third major structure fire in Glenn County in 12 hours.

The first two fires occurred in southeast Glenn County, one being toned out at about 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23, and the other being reported just 15 minutes or so later.

The 4:45 p.m. call was for a fully involved structure fire on Highway 45 just south of County Road 61.

The 5 p.m. call was for a building at the Butte City boat launch. Both structure fires were abandoned houses.

The Glenn County Arson Team, along with Deputy Chavez, initiated an investigation. It was determined the two South County fires were likely the result of arson.

Fire departments that responded to these two fires included Glenn-Codora, Butte City, Princeton, Bayliss, and possibly others. (If I missed anyone, please send a message to gcolarry@yahoo.com.)

The Orland fire was toned out at roughly 4:30 a.m.

Orland Fire Chief Justin Chaney, left, talks with Willows firefighter John Peterich, center, and other firefighters at the scene of Orland’s structure fire early Wednesday morning. Glenn County Observer photo by Larry Judkins.

The location of the fire was given as 106 Fourth Street, which is at the far north end of Fourth Street, on the west side, immediately to the south of the Orland Unit Water District canal.

Before firefighters began arriving at the scene, law enforcement officers could be heard on the police scanner as they went house to house, evacuating people whose homes were in danger of catching fire.

No houses burned, including the one at 106 Fourth Street. However, a number of outbuildings were reportedly destroyed, including a large barnlike structure.

A stream of water pours down from the Orland Fire Department’s ladder truck. Glenn County Observer photo by Larry Judkins.

Fire departments that responded included Orland, Artois, Willows, and, a little later, Hamilton City’s portable air cascade unit.

No causes for any of these fires were known at the time these photos and this story was posted.

Firefighters from outside of Orland began to be released at about 8:30 a.m. Orland firefighters would remain on-scene until much later for “extended mop-up.”

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