Fire burns Glenshire home
August 10, 2004
Staff reportsA Glenshire home burned early Tuesday morning, causing major structural damage and killing eight cats.The fire originated on the outside of the single story home with bordering garage and apartment on the same property, according to Truckee Fire Protection District reports.Emergency dispatchers received several calls about the fire on 10212 Laburnham Circle from neighbors just before 5 a.m. on Tuesday. Truckee Fire and California Department of Forestry crews responded to the blaze.The cause and exact origin of the fire are still under investigation. The single occupant escaped the apartment unscathed after a dog inside barked, alerting her of the fire, and the tenants of the main house were not home, said Gene Welch, Truckee Fire public safety and information officer.”Because the fire started on the outside of the structure, it gained momentum and was very large, giving very little escape time,” he said.The fire, Welch said, highlights the importance of having a functional smoke alarm.”The No. 1 defense for a residential fire is a working smoke alarm,” he said.Two other fires in Truckee in the past week highlight the importance of proper ash disposal. One blaze occurred at the Tahoe Donner campground when ashes in a plastic bucket near a restroom ignited. The other burned part of a Tahoe Donner deck after ashes fell through a barbecue, Welch said.”There was no major damage in either fire,” he said, “but the potential danger was great in both incidents.”Welch suggests people keep ashes in a metal bucket with a tight-fitting lid for at least three days before disposal or douse the ashes with water until they’re cool to the touch. Do not spread ashes on the ground and don’t leave them on the tray below the grill; they might blow away, he said.