Friends raise money for family after Tahoe fire destroys home
January 1, 2017
Friends of a Lake Tahoe family made homeless by a New Year's Eve fire have established a Gofundme.com page.
Investigators are working to determine the cause of a New Year's Eve fire that damaged a Round Hill duplex and killed the family pets.
Living in the home were Casey's general manager Joanna Janowicz, her son Kian, and boyfriend.
Firefighters with the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District found the duplex ablaze when they responded around 8 p.m. Saturday, officials said.
Neighbors called 911 after noticing smoke and flames in the neighbor's unit through a glass door.
No one was home in the unit where the flames were first discovered, but three family pets were inside and died from smoke inhalation.
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Crews were able to knock down the blaze within 20 minutes after additional resources from East Fork Fire District, North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District and South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue were called in.
Firefighters managed to keep the fire isolated to the single structure, according to the district. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office assisted with evacuations and notification to neighbors. NV Energy, the Round Hill General Improvement and Southwest Gas also assisted.
The displaced residents were assisted by the Red Cross.