City of Madera:

February 27, 2019

Mayor Medellin releases statement on downtown fire

“Yesterday we lost a big part of our City’s history. We lost a part of our City’s backbone which is our Downtown. Thank God that everyone evacuated without harm. We are also thankful that none of our firefighters or staff were injured. We should all be appreciative of the men & women of CalFire who provide Mutual Aid to areas in need. A fire of this magnitude certainly needed assistance and we are grateful for the collaborative effort by all at CalFire. 16 engines from 3 counties (including Madera) to battle the blaze that could have burned more than this one building.


The City of Madera purchased a ladder firetruck that requires about one year to be certified & programmed for use. We are literally days away from receiving our new firetruck. We also need training with the new equipment on the truck. Measure K has provided the City funds to purchase property & build a new fire station, a new ladder truck and additional fire personnel. Measure K has also provided much needed, additional resources for our Police Dept. Measure K has and will provide better public safety for Madera.


Thank you for being patient as we address traffic congestion in the area. I encourage everyone to continue supporting our downtown businesses.


We will never forget the memories this building has in our minds, but we will move forward and we will rebuild creating new memories. We will restore and revitalize our City’s backbone that is Downtown Madera.”