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Schellville inferno

More than 180 fire personnel fought a massive blaze for more than seven hours Sunday in Schellville. When it was over, damage was estimated at between $1 million and $1.5 million – and the total could grow.

But there were no injuries.

The blaze started innocuously enough with a spark from a tow truck towing a car that had been in an accident. Ray Mulas, chief of the Schell-Vista Fire Protection District, said a CHP officer spotted the truck on Fremont Drive at about 1:18 p.m. Sunday. The truck apparently started multiple small fires as it was westbound on Fremont.

Chris Bambury, a spokesman for Bonneau’s Towing, said one of their drivers was apparently at the wheel of the truck that started the blaze. He said the company is cooperating with the CHP but isn’t prepared to comment at this time.

One of the spots a fire apparently started was right near the Schell-Vista Fire Station, where the road splits and goes toward Sonoma.

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