Early-morning fire damages home | SierraSun.com

Early-morning fire damages home

Truckee firefighters responded to an early morning fire in a Gateway home Sunday.

When they arrived at the two-story home on Tahoe Drive, located in the residential neighborhood behind Tahoe Forest Hospital, Truckee Fire Protection District personnel saw smoke coming out of the eaves.

Upon entering the house, firefighters made an interior attack on a wall fire, that apparently started on the second floor in the back of the house.

The house was being used as a ski lease, and one female occupant was home sleeping when the fire started, said TFPD Lt. Craig Harvey. The tenant, who was sleeping on the first floor, was awakened by her barking dog. When she woke up, there was smoke in the house and she called the fire station.

Fire officials have determined the cause was an electrical fire, although the incident is still under investigation.

The second story was basically gutted by the fire, and the rest of the home suffered fire, smoke and water damage.

Mutual aid was supplied by Northstar and Squaw Valley Fire Departments, which provided additional engines and manpower to the incident.

The blaze took approximately an hour and a half to contain, and personnel stayed on scene to complete overhaul duties until 5:31 a.m.

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