UPDATE 11/09/19 12 p.m. — The structure fire in Ukiah has been confirmed as a private residence that has been largely destroyed, not a commercial structure, as initial reports from scanner traffic appeared. The residents, including a local woman and mother who works as a school teacher, are searching for a new rental, according to reports from readers.
UPDATE 9:15 p.m. — Ukiah Valley Fire Authority contained another blaze in downtown Ukiah, this time in the large open space south of the old railroad building at the end of Clay Street. Chief Jeff Adair and crew, who had been at the previous fire, responded to this new fire along with three engines, and assistance from Redwood Valley Fire and Cal Fire, due to two fires occurring in close succession.
This second fire appeared to be human started, and was burning a large stack of about two feet diameter black plastic pipes that were sitting in yard, potentially sewage or drain pipe. The fire melted into the pipes into a plastic mess, but firefighters were able to get it "knocked down" within 15 minutes. The exact cause of the fire remains under investigation. Photos below.
The earlier fire, on Pomolita Way, began in the garage and ultimately spread into the attic, Adair confirmed. A chihuahua that lived at the residence remains missing.
UPDATE 7:55 p.m. — The fire is now contained, thanks to a quick response from Ukiah Valley firefighters, plus support from Cal Fire and Redwood Valley Fire.
MENDOCINO Co., 11/8/19 — Firefighters from Ukiah Valley Fire are currently responding to a structure fire which has spread into a backyard, as well as the structure's attic, according to scanner traffic.
The fire is being called the "Mendocino" Incident and began in a garage, according to scanner traffic. The fire is located in the vicinity of Pomolita Way and Mendocino Drive. Fire crews arrived before the fire spread into the yard, and are attacking the fire from multiple sides of the building, and are "getting a handle on it." City workers are on their way to ensure all electrical is fully disconnected, but the main electrical to the building has been shut off.
According to scanner traffic, the building is a commercial building and has been evacuated. This is a developing news situation, an we will update this article as new information becomes available.