Suspicious fire guts Kings Beach business
Charred remains of the Lakeside Overhead Door Company in Kings Beach are under investigation after a suspicious fire started Tuesday night at 9:45 p.m., according to the Placer County Sheriff’s Department.
The building, used for assembling garage doors, was still smoking Wednesday morning as fire fighters and detectives from the Placer County Sheriff’s Department tried to determine the cause of the fire.
“The cause of the fire is still under investigation,” said Sgt. Jeff Granum, Placer County Sheriff’s Department.
A yellow Labrador retriever brought in from Mendocino county sniffed for the presence of fire accellerants Wednesday morning to determine if arson could be the cause of the fire.
Bob Borba, Battalion Chief and canine handler for the Mendocino Ranger Unit, brought Jasmine, a 6-year-old accellerant detecting Labrador, to the scene of the fire. Plaster casts of footprints in the snow were also being taken behind the building.
Both North Tahoe Fire and North Lake Tahoe Fire from Incline Village responded to the fire. North Tahoe Fire received the call at at approximately 9:45 p.m., the fire was contained by 9:55, said Rod Collins, North Tahoe Fire Division Chief.
“Crews remained on scene throughout the night,” Collins said.
Three fire engines, 15 firefighters and one ambulance reported to the fire.
One injury was reported. The victim sustained burns primarily on the hands, according to the sheriff’s department. He was transported by paramedics to Washoe Medical Center. His condition was reported as critical.
Because of the suspicious nature of the fire, the name of the burn victim has not been released.
So far, there are conflicting stories on how the fire started, Granum said.
Neighbors across the street heard explosions as they watched this lakeside building burn.
Anselmo Chavez, said the flames were about 6-feet above the building and he heard two explosions.
“It’s not uncommon to have explosions during a fire,” Collins said. He added that paint cans usually explode when in fires.
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