Doyle Family Practice catches fire
The Susanville Fire Department, the fire marshal and Office of Emergency Services Chief Chip Jackson arrived the next morning to help investigate the cause of the fire. While the cause is still officially under investigation, Marketing and Public Relations consultant for Northeastern Rural Health Clinic, Bill Noonberg, said fire officials were able to rule out arson.
Noonberg said from what the officials were able to gather, the fire was most likely caused by an internal malfunction in the building, such as an electrical fire.
SIFC said the building was not a total loss, but as Noonberg explained, some equipment is unusable from damage other than fire.
“With medical equipment, a lot of it is smoke damage,” Noonberg said. “So it’s not useable. The building is still standing, but one side is completely burnt out.”
Noonberg said NRHC was in the process of adding more modular buildings to the clinic, which are currently up on blocks located right next to the clinic. The health center was simply waiting for the permits to connect the buildings.
Noonberg said District 5 Supervisor Jack Hanson and Building Official Steve Fuller were at the site on March 14. Noonberg said Hanson and Fuller said they were going to “work quickly with Northeastern to get those permits through and get that (module) up and running as soon as possible.”
Until then, Noonberg said the clinic is out of business. He said NRHC has set up a system for anyone who needs information from the Doyle, Herlong and Milford areas that commonly use the practice. These people can call NRHC at 251-5000. Noonberg said Clinic Manager Cindy Azevedo can direct them to a doctor or handle their prescriptions, etc.
Noonberg also said NRHC’s Susanville clinic will temporarily serve as the location for the majority of the family practice’s patients to go. In the case of an emergency number, however, he said 911 is still the best bet.
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