Calif. winery fire prompts school evacuation

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Updated: 5/20/2013 6:02 pm

REEDLEY, Calif. (AP) — Fire officials in the Central Valley farming community of Reedley evacuated an elementary school after a winery next door to the school caught on fire.

Fresno County Cal Fire Spokesman Captain John Dominguez says students at Riverview School, a kindergarten through eighth grade school about 25 miles southeast of Fresno, were evacuated after a fire broke out at the O'Neil Vintners and Distillery around 1:50 p.m. Monday.

Dominguez says the fire was confined to one large storage tank at the winery and the tank was filled with alcohol. He says the winery stores some chemicals which are highly flammable.

Firefighters expect to have the fire contained by early evening.

No injuries have been reported.


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