August 10, 2020
Losses mount in aftermath of Salvation Army fire
PERRIS – (INT) – Damage is estimated at $3.5 million in the wake of Tuesday’s fire that destroyed a storage warehouse at the Salvation Army’s donation center and thrift store.

It took 130 fire fighters nearly 6-hours to control the inferno that started in a lot full of debris and then spread to the warehouse. The roof eventually collapsed.

Flying embers started at least three spot fires downwind in surrounding fields of dry brush and weeds.

CalFire said Wednesday said that despite an aggressive attack by firefighters in a 5-alarm response, the building was fully involved within the first hour.

Dense smoke filled the skies over Perris and forced the temporary closure of the I-215 freeway and the Metrolink-BNSF railroad tracks that lie adjacent to the center.

Investigators have not commented on the cause of the fire which continued to smolder Wednesday.
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