Alpine Meadows home burns |

Alpine Meadows home burns

Sun staff reports

A home in Alpine Meadows burned to the ground Saturday afternoon, but 15 firefighters were able to keep the blaze from spreading to the forest or other homes.

North Tahoe and Squaw Valley firefighters found the home on Cortina Court engulfed in flames when they arrived at the scene at approximately 4 p.m.

No residents were home.

Firefighters began a defensive attack on the home and protected adjacent houses. The fire was quickly put out, but the home was a total loss. Property damage was estimated to be over $300,000.

One firefighter suffered a minor ankle injury while fighting the fire, but no other injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Several trees were burned during the fire, but with snow still on the ground no vegetation fires spread.

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“If this had been mid-summer, it might have been a far worse outcome,” said North Tahoe Battalion Chief Dave Ruben in a statement.

The fire department urged residents to clear properties for defensible space.

Starting June 1, 2008, free chipping services will again be available to Placer county residents at Lake Tahoe and Alpine Meadows by calling the North Tahoe Fire District’s free chipping service at 530-546-4347.