UPDATE: CHP Vallejo Dispatch Center Reopens After Small Fire

Computer fire forced evacuation.

By Bay City News Service

Update: The California Highway Patrol's dispatch center in Vallejo has
reopened after being shut down by a fire on Sunday night, a CHP sergeant

The fire started at about 9:30 p.m. in a computer console at the
24,000-square-foot center at 1551 Benicia Road.

The smoke activated the building's sprinkler system, which quickly extinguished the blaze, CHP Officer Hector Baiza said.

Twenty employees were evacuated and the center was closed until
about 2 a.m. today. The CHP's dispatch operations resumed at 4 a.m., Sgt.
Diana McDermott said.

During the closure, dispatchers at the CHP's Sacramento and
Monterey offices fielded 911 calls that would normally have gone through the
Vallejo office.

Non-emergency calls were handled by other CHP-area offices, Baiza

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. No injuries
were reported.

Earlier: A computer console inside the California Highway Patrol's Vallejo dispatch center caught fire Sunday night, prompting an evacuation and temporary closure of the building, according to a CHP officer.

The console at the dispatch center at 1551 Benicia Road overheated and caught fire around 9:30 p.m., activating the building's sprinkler system, which quickly put out the blaze, Officer Hector Baiza said. Everyone inside the building was evacuated as a safety precaution and the dispatch center has been closed for the night.

Dispatchers in the CHP's Sacramento and Monterey offices are fielding 9-11 calls that would normally come to the Vallejo office, and non-emergency calls are being handled by other CHP area offices, Baiza said. No injuries were reported in connection with the fire. An estimate of when the dispatch center would reopen was not immediately available this morning.


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