Name released of 19-year-old male killed in North Tahoe house fire
An earlier version of this story had an incorrect spelling of the man who died in the fire, as it was provided incorrectly to the Sun-Bonanza by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office. The correction name spelling is Alan W. Rafalski.
We regret the error.
UPDATE 12 p.m. WEDNESDAY, AUG. 10:
The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the man who died in last weekend’s house fire: Alan W. Rafalski, 19, of Santa Cruz, Calif.
Further, as of about 9 a.m. Wednesday, Tia Rancourt, public information officer for North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, said the investigation into the start of the fire “may be a week or two,” as staff is “still waiting for additional reports/info.”
The cause of death will be determined by the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office. As of Wednesday, that information had yet to be determined, said Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jeff McCaskill.
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UPDATE 2 p.m. SUNDAY:
There were 5 people total in the house, said Tia Rancourt, public information officer for North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District.
A brother-in-law of the family and his 8-year-old son also survived the incident, Rancourt said.
The family is from the San Francisco Bay Area and Santa Cruz, Rancourt said, adding that the home is not a vacation rental, but a family owned vacation home.
As has been the case all day, the start of the fire remains under investigation.
Original story text and updates are below.
UPDATE: 11:50 a.m. Sunday:
The person who died in the fire was a 19-year-old man, according to the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District.
In a follow-up interview Sunday morning, Tia Rancourt, public information officer for NLTFPD, said the 19-year-old and his mother and father were inside the home at the time of the fire.
His parents were able to make it out alive, but their son was not.
The home is a family vacation home, according to NLTFPD.
The man’s name, as well as other details surrounding the incident, were not yet available.
The original story string from about 11 a.m. Sunday is below.
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — One person is dead after a house caught fire overnight Saturday on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe.
The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District have launched a joint investigation into the fire that started at about 3 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, at 1046 Tomahawk Trail.
According to a joint statement from both agencies, “when first responders arrived on scene, the structure was fully involved. After several hours of firefighting efforts, crews were able to enter the structure and discover a subject deceased in the home.”
In a Sunday morning interview, Tia Rancourt, public information officer for NLTFPD, said the cause of the fire remains under investigation, and no further details were immediately available.
The cause of death will be determined by the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office.
According to NLTFPD, the North Tahoe, Tahoe Douglas, Truckee Meadows and East Fork fire protection districts helped extinguish the fire.
Additional resources on scene included Southwest Gas, NV Energy, Washoe County Trauma Intervention Program and Northern Nevada Red Cross.