Fire damages second home in Tahoe Donner |

Fire damages second home in Tahoe Donner

Renee Shadforth
Sierra Sun
Photo by Josh Miller/Sierra SunFirefighter Eric Jitloff finishes breaking the glass of a home that was severely damaged on Schussing Way in Tahoe Donner Wednesday afternoon.

A fire that smoldered inside a Tahoe Donner home Wednesday afternoon may have been burning for days before it was reported, according to the Truckee Fire Protection District.

A passerby reported smoke coming from the multi-story home, located at 12435 Schussing Way, at approximately 1:40 p.m. More than 20 firefighters on four engines, and Truckee police officers reported to the scene.

Firefighters broke the front windows out of the house to allow the smoke to clear from the structure. Officials on the scene were unsure if anyone was inside the home, which is owned by Cupertino residents, until they were able to open the garage door and see no cars were inside.

Because of the high heat and smoke in the structure it took nearly an hour before the fire could be declared out, according to Gene Welch, Truckee fire information officer.

Though there was heavy heat and smoke damage throughout the house, the fire was mostly confined to the kitchen and crawl space under the kitchen, Welch said.

Though fire investigators said the flames originated near the dishwasher, the specific cause of the blaze is still under investigation.

“There is no obvious cause at this point,” Welch said.

Firefighters from Truckee Fire Protection District, Northstar Fire Department and Squaw Valley Fire Department responded to the incident.