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Fire erupts in Mariposa commercial building

Fire rips up the wall of the Coldwell Banker building on Highway 140 before firefighters knocked down the flames. (Greg Knight | The Gazette)Fire rips up the wall of the Coldwell Banker building on Highway 140 before firefighters knocked down the flames. (Greg Knight | The Gazette)Friday, April 25, 2014 -11:45 a.m. - Just after 11 a.m. this morning a fire broke out in a real estate office on the bottom floor of the two-story Coldwell Banker building at 5065 Highway 140 in Mariposa.

The first arriving fire responders found flames shooting out of a rear window of the building  and thick black smoke further darkening  the cloudy, rain-soaked sky. The rapidly growing blaze was adjacent to the walkway that connects that building with a number of shops and businesses next door.

Fire blew the back window out, according to Gazette Associate Editor Greg Knight, who was on scene. Firefighters quickly knocked down the blaze and began searching for any extention of the fire  into other areas of the building.

Mariposa County Sheriff's deputies and CHP controlled traffic on Highway 140, but traffic was not diverted.

Look for further details as they become available, and a complete report in the May 1 edition of the Mariposa Gazette.

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Mariposa County Sheriff's

Mariposa County Sheriff's deputies and CHP controlled traffic on Highway 140, but traffic was not diverted I'm pretty sure that I was diverted by CHP to a detour along with the other drivers who happened to be driving by at the time. We were sent up toward the high school since the not diverted Highway 140 was blocked off by CHP and Mariposa County Sheriff's deputies.

Cal Fire First on Scene.

Cal Fire First on Scene. Slaying the Dragon for Mariposa! Could have spread, job well done guys. Thank you!

Thank you Firefighters of

Thank you Firefighters of Mariposa for getting right in there and helping fight the fire as quickily as you did! Mariposa Thanks You!

Traffic was diverted around a

Traffic was diverted around a couple blocks of downtown as of noon.

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