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No one hurt in Tahoe house fire likely caused by BBQ grill

Staff report

CARNELIAN BAY, Calif. — No one was hurt in an early morning house fire Wednesday on Lake Tahoe’s North Shore, officials said.

At about 4:10 a.m. Wednesday, North Tahoe Fire Protection District Engine 51 and Calfire Engine 2380 responded to a structure fire in the Cedar Flat area near Carnelian Bay, between Kings Beach and Tahoe City.

According to a statement from the North Tahoe FPD, the home’s tenant “awoke to the smell of smoke and crackling sounds. When the tenant investigated, fire was seen on the deck, prompting them to call 911.”

No on was hurt in the incident.

Additional North Tahoe and Califre crews and medics were able to contain the fire to the deck and exposed exterior wall, putting it out in about 30 minutes.

“Had the tenant not awakened, this would have been a significant structure fire with a serious threat to life, and possible spread to the forest,” according to the North Tahoe FPD.

While the cause of the fire remains under investigation, officials said it “may have occurred” in the vicinity of a charcoal barbecue that had been used the night before.

“If so, charcoal in the (barbecue) could have ignited nearby combustibles, resulting in the deck and exposed siding material to catch fire,” according to the district.

Considering the potential cause, the district on Thursday issued the following tips for locals and visitors about proper fire care at Lake Tahoe:

Always ensure barbecues are out and cold before leaving them unattended.

Follow manufactures instructions on all barbecues.

Never use a charcoal barbecues on a wood deck.

Keep barbecues and other open flame sources away from walls and combustibles.

Always call 911 before attempting to put out a fire. You’re risking your life otherwise.

Visit thinkfirsttahoe.org to learn more about wildfire prevention and preparedness at Lke Tahoe and Truckee.