Three fires in 24 hours prompt warning
November 16, 2016
A third house fire in less than 24 hours has fire officials warning residents to check their smoke detectors.
Firefighters responded to a report of an attic fire at a Sierra Shadows Drive home 8 a.m. Thursday.
"On the way to the call, a growing column of smoke could be seen," Deputy Chief Dave Fogerson said. "Initial arriving East Fork personnel found moderate smoke conditions coming from the attic. Plans were made for extensive operations due to the size of the structure and lack of a water system on the street."
Workers were in the home at the time. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
A Topaz Ranch Estates man and his dog were able to escape a burning home Wednesday after he spotted flames near his woodstove.
The man was working on his computer when he saw the flames. He called 911 and evacuated the home on Walker View Road at 2:30 p.m.
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East Fork firefighters arrived with an engine and a water tender and were able to stop the fire's progress, Battalion Chief Larry Goss said.
"The fire was completely extinguished and overhauled by a total of 14 firefighters from two engine, two rescues, three water tenders, and a heavy rescue."
Goss said the cause of the fire was determined to be flammable materials placed next to a wood stove.
"East Fork Fire Protection District wants to remind all residents to have smoke detectors in their homes and ensure they are working properly," Goss said. "Although a smoke detector was in the home, it did not alarm due to wiring or battery issues. "
A working smoke detector helped prevent more damage at a Gardnerville Ranchos multi-family dwelling on Wednesday.
According to Fogerson, a neighbor heard a smoke detector going off in the adjoining unit and called 9-1-1 to report smoke from a second story bedroom.
East Fork firefighters arrived just as the apartment occupant returned and opened the front door, which caused smoke to fill the apartment's second story.
Engine 14 from Minden was first on the scene as Engine 7 was in Topaz Ranch Estates at our first structure fire.
"Engine 14 and Rescue 12 (Jacks Valley) made initial entry to find a fire burning within the bedroom that had spread through the floor rafters separating the first and second floors," Fogerson said. "Crews saved a turtle. The fire was quickly extinguished. Overhaul of the fire area took time because of the fire's location. The family lost a pet frog in the fire."
Fogerson said the family will be unable to live in their home tonight. They are being cared for by family and friends.
A heat lamp falling into a plastic tub is being blamed for the fire.
"It always seems that a change in weather conditions leads to an increase in structure fires for East Fork," Fogerson said. "We would like to remind everyone to maintain working smoke detectors with fresh batteries after the time change. We saw the smoke detector alert a neighbor to the Redwood Circle fire so we could arrive before it grew."