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Repairs continue at Citrus Heights apartment building damaged in fire

An apartment building at 7524 Pratt Ave., near Auburn Boulevard, was damaged in a fire last year. // M. Hazlip

By Mike Hazlip—
Work is nearing completion more than a year after a Citrus Heights apartment building near Auburn Boulevard was heavily damaged in a fire.

Temporary fencing remains set up, and new siding can be seen on the building at 7524 Pratt Ave. A worker at the site this week said the owner hopes to reopen soon.

The small building housed five families, all of whom were displaced in the August 2022 incident. The Sentinel previously reported that three units sustained major damage, with the other two sustaining moderate damage. No injuries were reported.

The fire started just before 5 p.m. on Aug. 23 and traveled along a space between the roof and ceiling for the entire length of the single-story, five unit building, Metro Fire said at the time.

Nearby business owner Guy Peres, of The Service Department automotive repair shop, told The Sentinel there were frequent arguments between residents at the building prompting police and fire to respond to the location on a weekly basis. Another resident said there had been an ongoing dispute between residents in two separate units at the apartments.

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