Fire near Sikh temple caused by propane tanks, officials say. Arson ruled out

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

(FOX40.COM) — Officials with Metro Fire of Sacramento have ruled out arson as the reason for the fire that consumed a building near a Sacramento County Sikh temple in late January.

Condensed surveillance footage recently released by the fire agency shows the back of the building being completely blown out by flames and spreading before a fire truck arrives at the scene to deal with the aftermath.
Video Above: Previous coverage of fire near Sikh temple

“This is the released condensed surveillance footage showing several explosions. Arson has been ruled out. The origin was determined to be at the stored propane tanks, the cause is still undetermined,” Metro Fire said on X.

On January 29, a building near the Gurdwara Sacramento Sikh Society temple became the subject of investigation after “large explosions” were reported around 3:30 p.m.

Metro Fire crews said that the explosions were caused by propane tanks and traveled “50 feet high,” which caused flames to reach the building’s attic space and the roof to partially collapse.

No one was hurt by the fire, but Elk Grove Mayor Bobbie Singh-Allen spoke to FOX40.COM following the incident, saying, “I know the Sikh community is on edge right now when we first heard of the reports of the explosion, but this is where you want to have a tempered response and make sure all of the investigators and first responders have an opportunity to do the investigation.”

The Sikh temple is located near the Vineyard community of Sacramento County, which is north of Elk Grove and about six miles east of Highway 99.

While arson has officially been ruled out, officials are still working to confirm the cause of the fire.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.