Fire scorches home; three injured in Hwy. 89 wreck
On Saturday, the front of a Truckee Donner home was burned when a motorhome parked in its driveway caught fire.
The blaze, at 12964 Hansel Ave., began sometime around 6:22 p.m. in the motorhome and spread to a parked boat and the front exterior of the home.
Firefighters from the Truckee Fire District and Donner Summit Fire Department put out the fire within 30 minutes.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
“At this point nothing is wrong, I just have a lot of questions that are unanswered,” said Truckee Fire District fire prevention officer Chuck Thomas.
Firefighters were on the scene until 11:30 a.m. Sunday completing the overhaul on the exterior of the house and the vehicles.
Also this week, two Nevada County Search and Rescue volunteers found what it’s like to be on the other end of the action Monday, when their van smashed into an alleged drunk driver who lost control of her vehicle.
Elizabeth Eleanor Ellis, 57, of Woodbridge, Calif., was driving southbound on Highway 89 near Jackson Meadow Road, when she drifted onto the shoulder then over-corrected, ending in a sideways slide, according to California Highway Patrol reports.
Search and Rescue volunteers Thomas Seck and Rudy Lloyd were returning from a rescue at White Rock when they crashed into Ellis’ car at around 5 p.m., said David Baxley of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office.
Ellis was transported by Careflight to Washoe Medical Center for moderate injuries before being booked for felony drunk driving. Seck and Lloyd were treated for minor injuries at Tahoe Forest Hospital.
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