Fire damages Holbrook home |

Fire damages Holbrook home

by Scott Neuffer

A 3,500-square-foot home near Holbrook Junction was severely damaged by fire early Monday morning while its occupants were out of town on vacation, according to East Fork Fire Deputy Chief Dave Fogerson.

Fogerson said neighbors woke up to the sound of an explosion and discovered the 3260 Highland Way house ablaze. The first 911 call came in at 4:47 a.m.

“The initial report is that the fire started in the garage and spread up to the attic. Half the roof collapsed,” Fogerson said. “Thirty-six firefighters arrived on scene. We had all East Fork units there, and Antelope Valley and Smith Valley assisted as well because they were closer. Tahoe-Douglas and Carson City assisted in covering.”

Fogerson said fire crews had to flee the interior and reposition themselves in a defensive stance outside the house due to the aggressive nature of the flames.

“Fifty percent of the house was destroyed,” he said. “The estimate is about $300,000 worth of damage.”

The cause of the fire is currently being investigated. Fogerson said the explosion might have come from a propane cylinder or some other material inside the garage, although the source has not yet been determined.

The good news, Fogerson said, is that no occupants were home at the time.

“We want to remind people to make sure they have working smoke detectors in their homes,” he said.

According to the Douglas County Assessor’s Website, the home belongs to Michael and Paula Zuppan. The one-story, 3,545-square-foot home was constructed in 2005.

n Scott Neuffer can be reached at or 782-5121, ext. 217.