Fire Destroys Landmark Calif. Ice Rink


Local and federal investigators are trying to determine the cause of a five-alarm fire that destroyed a historic ice rink.

Crews continued to douse hot spots throughout the day from the blaze at the 70-year-old landmark.

Sacramento firefighters rushed to a fire at 1430 Del Paso Blvd. at about 3 a.m. Sunday after they got a report about a vehicle fire. They arrived to find the back side of the building was in flames.

Witnesses reported flames shooting 100 feet into the sky.

More than 100 firefighters and 15 engine companies responded to the blaze. Sacramento Fire Department Capt. Jim Doucette said firefighters initially went inside the building and attempted an offensive attack, but quickly backed out when they determined the large volume of fire already burning overhead and the truss roof overhead, which was in danger of collapse.

The rink was built in 1940 and was still in business.

The fire also closed the Arden/Del Paso light rail station. Two nearby businesses were spared as firefighters deployed fire hoses between the buildings, Doucette said.

There was no preliminary information available early Sunday about the cause of the fire.

Sacramento fire investigators are on scene and will conduct an investigation. There were no reported injuries. Sacramento Metro firefighters also responded.

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