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Commercial building fire in Chico under investigation

By Tyler May, tmay@krcrtv.com
Published On: Jun 19 2013 04:11:11 PM CDT
CHICO, Calif. -

A fire broke out in an abandoned building at 365 E. 20th St. in Chico around 12:30 p.m.

A code enforcement officer, Raul Gonzalez, responded and saw the fire inside the warehouse. He then used a two-by-four to spread the several items that were lit on fire and eventually, the fire went out.

A transient, 61-year-old Michael Anthony Taylor, was sleeping inside and saw a transient man either in his late teens or early 20's pile up a bunch of items and light them on fire. He then ran away.

No one was hurt and the fire is under investigation.

Also, there was a structure fire on the same lot that caught fire in July and believe to be started by a transient.