Fire in Colusa damages business

A photo showing the extensive damage to the interior of Griff's Feed & Seed. The fire caused major damage in the rear section of the building.

Dispatched to a structure fire during the early morning of Aug. 4, the Colusa City Fire Department arrived to find a longtime Colusa business ablaze.

Griff’s Feed and Seed, located at 851 7th Street in Colusa, suffered significant damage to its storage room and smoke damage in the main store.

“It is very likely that the fire started outside by a bad hay bale,” said Griff’s co-owner Mike Griffith. “We are not a hundred percent sure of the cause just yet.”

According to the Colusa City Fire Department, the cause is undetermined and under investigation at this time.

The quick response from area fire departments provided a significant advantage in isolating a majority of the damage to the back of the building.

“All other sections of the structure sustained light to moderate smoke damage,” said Logan Conley, Colusa City Fire Chief.

With a grim situation, the owners have a positive outlook.

“The feed room suffered structural damage and loss of all products, and the main store suffered extreme smoke damage which will require replacement of all fabric materials,” said Ron Griffith in a Facebook post last Monday. “On a good side, we are actively working to restore ourselves better than before.”

With the owners, employees, and community members helping to repair the beloved feed and garden store, the owners plan to reopen in a month.

“I have a deep appreciation for my brothers, Mike and Dan, my son Garrett and his wife Jenni, and Pam, Kelly, and Andy, my employees who are a part of it, my cousins who have also assisted and for the compassion of this community,” said Griffith.

The Sacramento River Fire District and the Williams Fire Department provided mutual aid.

“We would like to thank Sacramento River Fire Department and the Williams Fire Department for their quick response to our request for Mutual Aid,” said Chief Conley. “Our county is blessed to have such talented men and women that are so willing to respond and help no matter what time of the day or night.”