Huge Safeway Distribution Center Ablaze

Huge Safeway Distribution Center Ablaze

AP , Associated Press
Jul. 12, 1988 2:42 AM ET
RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) _ A general-alarm fire engulfed a huge distribution warehouse complex for the Safeway supermarket chain late Monday, sending flames hundreds of feet into the air.The flames and massive clouds of smoke could be seen across the San Francisco Bay in downtown San Francisco, about 15 miles to the southwest. ''It seems like it's burning down the whole thing,'' said warehouse worker George Tomasis. 

Truck drivers could be seen on television station broadcasts frantically trying to get dozens of trucks away from the building after the fire broke out, some of them driving off while nearly surrounded by flames.
Tomasis said the fire broke out in the paper products section of the complex, which includes several buildings, and quickly spread to the meat and produce sections. 

There were no reports of injuries, said Fire Department spokesman Gary Gray.
Gray said all available firefighters in the city were called to battle the blaze, which was reported at 10:02 p.m., and that about 50 firefighters responded. 

The warehouse complex covers approximately five square blocks in an industrial area. It serves as a distribution center for the grocery store's Northern California supermarkets. Safeway has its headquarters in nearby Oakland.
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