SONOMA (CBS SF) — A large fire at a pallet manufacturer in Sonoma led to evacuations Tuesday afternoon.

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The three-alarm fire burned at Sonoma Pacific pallet and lumber company on Fremont Dr. in Sonoma.

Sonoma pallet factory fire (Credit: Sarah Stierch)

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office ordered people within a half-mile of the fire to evacuate.
A dispatcher emphasized at the time, “There is not a shelter in place order. There is a mandatory evacuation within a half-mile.”

The California Highway Patrol closed roads throughout the area, including Fremont Drive at Broadway and Fremont at 8th Street East, according to CHP Officer Marc Renspurger.

The evacuation order was lifted at around 3 p.m., although several roads in the area werre still closed, sheriff’s officials said.

The fire burned a number of separate stacks of pallets, lumber and mulch, along with trailers and other structures.

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Helicopter crews were performing water drops on the burning piles.

There was no immediate word on the cause of the fire, or whether anyone was hurt.

The same pallet business burned in a massive fire in 2013 that was started in nearby grass by sparks from a tow truck pulling a car dolly. The flames spread to the business and ignited 40-foot stacks of wooden pallets. Damage then was estimated at $1 million.

Raw Video: Sonoma Pallet Company Fire


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