Flames engulf Fairfield comedy club

12:44 AM, Jan 26, 2013   |    comments
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Photo courtesy of Vacaville Fire Department

FAIRFIELD, CA - A five-alarm fire is burning a comedy club in Fairfield Friday night, fire Chief Vincent Webster said.

The fire was reported at about 6:45 p.m. by someone who was inside the Original Pepperbelly's Comedy & Variety Theater, which is located at 849 Texas Street.

When crews arrived on scene, flames were shooting 40 to 50 feet into the air.

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"Firefighters responded quickly to the fire and requested assistance from surrounding agencies before arriving at the scene due to the heavy amount of smoke and flames visible from a distance," Webster said. "Police officers assisted the building's occupants in safely evacuating the building and no injuries were reported."

The building is a two-story structure that was built in the 1960s, Webster said. The blaze may have started inside the building, he said.

Firefighters decided they couldn't fight the fire from inside and are battling it from outside, according to Webster. The fire was contained by 10:16 p.m.

The cause of the fire is unclear.

"Thankfully, no one was injured in the fire and our firefighters were able to contain the fire to the building of origin, saving adjacent businesses from fire damage" Webster said.

Bay City News and News10/KXTV

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