Fire consumes Truckee home |

Fire consumes Truckee home

A structure fire Tuesday morning destroyed a residence in the Juniper Hills subdivision of Truckee, with officials estimating the damage between $1 million and $3 million.

Four fire engines, a water tender and an ambulance from the Truckee Fire Protection District responded to the fully involved structure fire at 11 a.m. at Walden Way, according to a department news release.

While in route, one of the district engines collided with another vehicle on Glenshire Drive, and one firefighter and a passenger from the other vehicle were transported by ambulance to Tahoe Forest Hospital for minor injuries, said Gene Welch, the district’s public safety and information officer.

Truckee Police said the cause of the collision is still under investigation.

The fire consumed the residence and charred the surrounding landscape, but no neighboring properties were damaged, Welch said.

The property owner had left his residence to run errands. When he returned, he saw smoke and flames coming from the center of his house, Welch said in the release.

According to Welch, firefighters needed nearly five hours to extinguish the fire due to its intensity and a limited water supply.

Although the residence and its contents appeared to be a total loss, no injuries were sustained in the fire, Welch said.

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