Investigators have been unable to determine what caused the Jan. 14 fire that damaged Mashelle Begovich’s Chambers Field home.
Capt. Terry Taylor said Wednesday that he, a Douglas County sheriff’s investigator and an insurance investigator combed the home’s wreckage.
“We were unable to come up with any witness testimony or physical evidence to indicate the cause of the fire,” he said.
Begovich’s daughter Mary Smith said her mother is recuperating at Renown Regional Medical Center from a bout of H1N1 influenza that turned into pneumonia. Begovich has been hospitalized since Dec. 23.
Smith said her mother is getting stronger, but visitors are being kept at a minimum.
Begovich’s longtime boyfriend, Gordon Campbell, is in a separate facility in Reno where he is undergoing treatment for lymphoma which he has been battling for two years.
The home was decorated with several pieces of memorabilia moved from Sharkey’s when it sold.
“Memorabilia, relics can’t be replaced, many of my Poppa’s (Sharkey’s) personal belongings were destroyed,” Smith said, including Sharkey’s extensive poster collection.
“Very little is salvageable, but we’re grateful nobody was hurt,” she said.
Smith thanked all the firefighters and people in the community who have stepped up to help.
Mashelle has lived in the house since 1988. The home, located on Meadowlark Circle west of the Gardnerville Ranchos, was built in 1982. The fire rendered the 2,200-square-foot home uninhabitable. While the front appears OK, the back burned to the ground in places.