Fire guts lodge on Highway 89 |

Fire guts lodge on Highway 89

When firefighters responded to a late-night call June 16 on River Road, the two-story apartment building known as Yorck’s Castle was already engulfed in flames.

“When we got here, it was just blazing,” said Squaw Valley Fire Department Captain Vic Marshall, one of the first to respond to the scene.

Yorck’s Castle

Known as Yorck’s Castle, the multi-unit structure at 6960 River Road is located along Highway 89, four miles south of Truckee.

The six small apartments are usually rented throughout the winter, but no one was currently living in the apartment building, said Squaw Valley Fire Department Chief Peter Bansen.

Bansen said the fire most likely began in the middle of the building and spread outward. Located near the house are two other structures, neither of which were damaged by the fire.

Passing motorists began calling the California Highway Patrol on their mobile phones to report the fire just after 1 a.m. Friday morning.

“Heaven knows there wasn’t much traffic at that time, but there was enough to notice and call it in,” Bansen said.

The cause of the fire is not known and is currently under investigation.

“We’re still digging,” said Bansen. “Basically, we’re going through everything with a fine tooth comb.”

Fire units from Squaw Valley, Truckee, North Tahoe Fire Protection District and the California Department of Forestry responded to the incident. Officers from the California Highway Patrol and the Placer County Sheriff’s Department were also on the scene.

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