By Larry Judkins
Glenn County Observer
The old Bucke’s Feed and Grain building in the 1000 block of Sixth Street (Highway 99) was destroyed by fire Thursday evening, Oct. 6.
At about 9 p.m., the Orland Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire in the area of Fifth and Walker Streets. A minute or two later, the actual location was determined to be Bucke’s on the east side of Sixth Street between Walker and South Streets.
Almost immediately, aid was requested from numerous area fire departments, including Corning, Capay, Artois, and Willows. Sixth Street was shut down between Walker and South Streets.
The fire caused power lines to fall and a power pole to catch fire on Sixth Street, and firefighters had to drive along the railroad tracks to get to the fire.
Power went out to more than 1,000 residences and businesses west of Sixth Street and Interstate 5. PG&E said it would be hours before the pole and lines were replaced and the power turned back on.
Sixth Street was reopened at about 11:30 p.m. The various fire departments began to be released from the scene at about the same time.
Shortly before midnight, Orland Fire Chief Justin Chaney told the fire dispatcher that the fire was mostly out and Orland firefighters were leaving for the night, but a couple of hot spots remained and Orland police officers would be checking on them throughout the night.
The Orland Fire Department would return to complete mop-up in the morning.