Fire at Rite Aid causes $50,000 in damages

Rite Aid in Oakhurst, located at the corner of Highway 41 and Crane Valley Road (426), suffered about $50,000 in damages after a fire broke out this morning, Friday, June 7.

A call for help was received at 4:54 a.m. and Cal Fire and the Madera County Fire Department responded, according to Karen Guillemin, Cal Fire spokesperson.

Guillemin said the fire started in some boxes located near the back door of Rite Aid. There was damage to the exterior wall, insulation and the back doors of the building. Smoke blackened the side of the building all the way up to the roof.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Mitch Reeves, Oakhurst Rite Aid manager, learned of the fire when the alarm company called and informed him of the fire.

“Unfortunately fires are becoming too common up here,” he said.

Although there was a smoky smell throughout the store, it was still open for business Friday.