Today's structure fire at a former California Youth Authority facility now owned by Sacramento State occurred just days before demolition of the property's 21 buildings is scheduled to begin.
The fire at the 25-acre site on Power Inn Road was reported shortly after midnight Tuesday, June 29, in a 21,706 square-foot building that formerly served as the CYA center's commissary. About 75 firefighters were called to the scene. The cause is under investigation, and is being investigated by CalFire because the property is state-owned.
Final papers for demolition are expected to be signed in the next few days. Work is tentatively scheduled to begin mid-July and be completed by the end of September. University Enterprises Inc., a Sacramento State auxiliary, oversees the property and contracts for a security firm for nightly patrols. Security is being increased tonight in light of the upcoming project.
Sacramento State and UEI took possession of the property in July of 2005. It had been vacant for about a year prior to that. The site was initially to be developed for faculty and staff housing. Plans are on hold because of the economy, and the future use of the property has not been determined.
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