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Fire Crews Quickly Put Out Small Blaze in Martinez Flower Shop

—By Bay City News

Fire crews quickly extinguished a small fire at a florist's shop in downtown Martinez this afternoon after a fire engine company driving by saw smoke.

The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District crew was driving around 1:30 p.m. when they spotted smoke coming from Jackie Jo Flowers at 1254 Pine St., according to fire Battalion Chief Tom Oakley.

The crew made entrance into the closed shop and saw that a fire had started in a back office, Oakley said.

No one was inside the store at the time the fire broke out.

Firefighters were able to knock the fire down in less than five minutes and prevented it from spreading to two neighboring businesses, the battalion chief said.

An investigator was called to the scene to determine the cause of the blaze.

Martinez police directed traffic around the scene of the fire and Pine Street remained blocked off as of 1:30 p.m.

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Chris Kapsalis February 27, 2014 at 10:32 PM
Now I am asking Patch to do the right thing and terminate this person account for vulgar , offensive, personal attacks and foul language breaking the terms of service agreement. I try to be respectful and never personally attack anyone. Only give my opinion. This is unacceptable and hostile. A direct violation of Patch terms of service I am writing Patch about. Uncalled for. I will leave it at that and hope patch does the right thing and also block your IP address. This was an unprovoked personal attack. btw I have 1600 FB friends who love me, some 800 local, so there.
Chris Kapsalis March 01, 2014 at 07:50 AM
OK, sense it seems patch is asleep at the wheel here, allowing Dip blank and an unprovoked personal attack up now for three days in my own city, let me say a few things. I found out this is not your real name. And you are too coward to attack me with your real name? Like a roach afraid of the light. And you call me a Troll? Also there are many I admire, friends, downtown, and a hand full I could not care less about, then there are those I admire who would never hide behind a fake name to be honest with me. Blunt. Because they are real people. You know who you are talking too. Others, well, One resident? LOL. The people I care abouts opinions are usally too busy or have a life too much to really care. And count them. I have posted once in the last 2 weeks on the Gazette. I average one comment a day on Patch. I encourage others to comment, then mine would get lost in the shuffle, buried more, and as it is, I did not post for a couple months and PAtch got I think 3 comments while I took a break. So it aint me. What it is is your kind of bullying behind a fake name and hate that keeps people form commenting here. Look what I got. An attack, insulted, and Patch for whatever reason has left it up three days in my own town. With people like you commenting here, I do not blame others for not posting. Anyone can say anything and it will be up locally for all to see for who knows how long. OK, I am done, and Very unhappy with Martinez patch right now. As I said, I try to be respectful. Also use my real name. you, you are the reason people are afraid to comment here, Not me. "Mark" How many fake names do you have anyway? 365? And rest easy , I am considering ditching patch until they moderate comments better. This is the same thing that happened last time, until finally I stood up for myself and got banned for sticking up for myself to people who personally attacked me and my name, and was left up for months. What was I supposed to do?
Martini March 01, 2014 at 12:08 PM
Thank you to the on the ball fire dept. And to the other crazy PATCHERS Let have a less annoying MARCH Cheeers

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