Home lost, nerves rattled in fires | SierraSun.com

Home lost, nerves rattled in fires

Ryan Salm/Sierra SunNorth Tahoe firefighters battle flames erupting from a Kings Beach residence on Tuesday.

A structure fire broke out in downtown Kings Beach Tuesday morning and destroyed one building, leaving two groups of tenants homeless.

A call to dispatch at 10:23 a.m. Tuesday reported a fire in garbage can at 8317 Rainbow Ave., said North Tahoe Fire Capt. Rick Russ.

Crews from North Tahoe Fire and Northstar were among the first agencies that responded to the call, and contained the fire by 11:30 a.m., but were unable to save the two-story structure.

An investigation will be under way to look into the cause of the fire.

Authorities evacuated an apartment building next door in case the fire spread.

“We evacuated the hotel just for safety reasons because we were getting a lot of fire out of this building,” Russ said.

The destroyed structure housed two groups of tenants, one on the first floor and the other on the second floor.

Cari Roggartz, who lives on the first floor, said her oldest son was home sick. When she arrived at her workplace, her son called to notify her of the fire.

Abel Lopez rents the structure’s second story.

He was at the grocery store and saw fire engines responding to the flames when he came home.

Fire crews quickly controlled a small brush fire that broke out later Tuesday near the old McIver Dairy site, across the street from The Villager Nursery in Truckee.

The fire broke out in mid-afternoon near the westbound onramp of Donner Pass Road to Interstate 80.

Two Truckee Fire Department engines and one from Calfire responded to the scene.

The fire burned approximately one-eighth of an acre, according to the Truckee Fire Department.

Tim Hargrove from the Truckee Police Department called the fire “suspicious,” noting that another fire similar to this one was started last night.

Hargrove said investigators found fresh beer cans at the scene, a book of matches and a bag that may have contained food.

Truckee police set up crime scene tape around the area and investigated the cause of the fire with the fire department.

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