Fire Crews Respond To Separate Structure Fires Early Friday

Redding Fire Department is investigating two separate commercial structure fires that happened Friday morning. The first one broke out on the exterior of the old Meeks Hardware, a long-vacant boarded-up building on East Cypress Avenue at Larkspur. At 4:40AM a second blaze was reported at the Denny’s Restaurant off Bechelli Lane. That fire also started on the outside. The restaurant was closed at the time. Damage is estimated at $25,000 to the building and $500 worth of contents. Redding Fire officials say it’s not yet known if the fires were related.