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Fire engulfs Tahoe Keys structure, causes more than $3 million in damage

Staff report

Firefighters battle a blaze in the Tahoe Keys Tuesday afternoon.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — More than $3 million in damage is believed to have been caused by a structure fire that broke out in the Tahoe Keys Tuesday afternoon.

At 1:48 p.m. Tuesday, dispatchers received a call from someone reporting smoke was coming from a nine-unit, multi-family dwelling on Ala Wai Boulevard in the Tahoe Keys, according to a press release from the city of South Lake Tahoe. Firefighters arrived on scene eight minutes later.

"The fire started in an attic of the center unit and spread to adjoining units on both sides," according to the release. "The … units all have hard wiring for fire alarms, but there are no sprinkler systems in any of the units. One family was evacuated from the scene and there are no injuries or fatalities."

According to the city, of the nine units, seven suffered significant damage, and the American Red Cross responded and assisted the family.

Lake Valley Fire Protection District Chief Harris has begin an investigation into the cause of the fire once it is contained, according to the release. South Lake Tahoe fire investigator Al Martinez will also work on determining the cause of the blaze.

More than 20 firefighters from South Shore fire departments responded to the fire, as did Southwest Gas, Liberty Utilities and Tahoe Keys Security.