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By Mike Hazlip—
A fire broke out in a difficult-to-access green space between a senior apartment community and Sam’s Club in Citrus Heights Tuesday afternoon.
Fire crews responded to the area and extinguished the flames. A charred area about 200-feet long could be seen between the retaining walls of Sam’s Club and Vintage Oaks Senior Apartments.
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The area is located several feet below street level, and crews had to make their way down an embankment to reach the flames.
A cause of the fire was still under investigation, as of press time Tuesday.
Indications of camping in the area were observed, with an undated 72-hour notice to vacate seen attached to a fence opening near the dumpsters behind Sam’s Club. The notice said camping is prohibited within city limits.
Remains of what appeared to be an inflatable slide with charred material was also found in the same area behind Sam’s Club, along with a stroller and several cans and bottles near an opening in the fence. More litter was also seen throughout the charred area between the fences.
City Communications Officer Nichole Baxter confirmed with The Sentinel in an email Tuesday that the space is privately owned and not part of the parcel where City Hall was built.
Sacramento County Assessor data shows parcels belonging to the city, U. S. Post Office, Sam’s Club, and the senior apartments all border the green space where the fire occurred. The senior apartments are accessed from Stock Ranch Road, while Sam’s Club has access on Fountain Square Drive and Greenback Lane.
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