Fire wrecks Sacramento food bank

SACRAMENTO, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- A food bank in Sacramento was destroyed Thursday in a pre-dawn fire that also damaged the offices of an Episcopal church diocese, firefighters said.

The four-alarm fire in the midtown area of the California capital caused the roof and attic of the River City Food Bank to collapse.


The Fire Department said in a written statement that the flames spread into the attic space of the adjoining Episcopal Diocese of Northern California where they damaged several upper-floor offices.

It took more than an hour to bring the blaze under control. Crews were frustrated by a thick wooden ceiling inside the food bank that could not be cut through. The cause was under investigation.

An estimated 8,000 pounds of food for the needy was believed lost in the fire, officials of the food bank told the Sacramento Bee. No one was injured, although a cat perished.

River City Food Bank serves around 30,000 people in the Sacramento area.

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