[UPDATE 10:07 p.m.] Old Church on Fire in Garberville Next to the Hospital
Julie Ann Shelton, a neighbor said, “We heard a strange sound like someone is banging pots and pans. The glass was blowing out from inside the house.”
Video by Julie Ann Shelton
Shelton said the fire exploded fast. “I started banging on the neighbors’ doors to get everybody out…The power lines were smoking.”
Though the building had been mostly empty, Shelton said, recently people had been working on it. “Over the last couple months they had cleaned it up a little bit,” she said.
Firefighters are currently working on completely extinguishing the last of the fire.
UPDATE 10:07 p.m.: According to the Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services, “The fire is reported out, and didn’t spread beyond the initial structure.”