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Firefighters Control Five-Alarm Fire In Fairfield

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Firefighters battled a five-alarm fire at 744 Empire Street in Fairfield on January 13, 2012. The building was unoccupied and no injuries were reported. (CBS)

Firefighters battled a five-alarm fire at 744 Empire Street in Fairfield on January 13, 2012. The building was unoccupied and no injuries were reported. (CBS)

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FAIRFIELD (CBS SF) — A five-alarm blaze at a building in Fairfield is under control Friday night, although fire crews remained on the scene to watch for hot spots, Fairfield fire officials said.

The blaze was reported at 6:53 p.m. at 744 Empire St., a commercial building that houses several local businesses including an American Cancer Society office, according to fire officials.

The building was unoccupied Friday night and no injuries were reported.

An employee at a nearby Starbucks said transformers were affected, causing power outages where she works.

The building houses several local businesses including an American Cancer Society office and the Solano County Bar Association.

Sheila Zarb-Harper was inside working, when she and her coworker smelled smoke and ran outside.

“The main corridor was filled with smoke. When we got out front, we saw the flames coming. It’s gone. I have to contact my insurance company and find a place to practice.”

Harper said she thinks all her records and notes from her office are gone.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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