No one hurt in Lake Tahoe fire; home destroyed on West Shore
November 17, 2016
Update, 4 p.m. Thursday:
According to a press release from the North Tahoe Fire Protection District, the fire at 1411 Sequoia Ave., the fire was suppressed and in mop-up stage approximately 40 minutes after arriving.
“Firefighters were on scene for several hours to investigate, and (ensure) the fire was completely knocked down,” officials said. “The quick decision making of the command staff, and firefighters prevented the exposure next to the property catching fire as well.”
The fire’s cause remains under investigation; no one was hurt in the incident.
UPDATE, 9:45 a.m. Thursday:
As of 9:30 a.m. Thursday, the structure fire at the home at the corner of Highway 89 and Sequoia Avenue on Lake Tahoe’s West Shore was extinguished, and crews are now mopping up the scene, said Beth Kenna, public information officer for NTFPD.
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No one was hurt in the incident, and no one was in the home at the time of the fire, which was reported at 5:51 a.m.
"When (crews) showed up, the house was already well involved … and there were two power lines that were down on both sides off the house, so it was inaccessible on the right and the left side," Kenna said. "So they were attacking the fire from the front of the house. That's obviously a firefighting safety issue … it made it difficult."
The cause of the fire remains under investigation; Kenna added that the power lines being down were not the cause the fire.
"When there's a structure fire like that, it causes the power lines to drop," she said.
Kenna said the house is collapsed, and that 80 percent of the home was involved. Further, some surrounding vegetation and trees were burned before crews extinguished the flames.
"Although it's mid-November, and we had some snow, the flames from the fire actually burned some of the surrounding negation, even up a couple of the trees, and the fence is kind of burned," she said.
Crews from the Squaw Valley and Truckee fire protection districts also responded to the incident.
Kenna added that officials from the nearby Tahoe Park Water Company showed up "real quickly on scene, so we were able to tap into water right way."
Crews are urging motorists to be careful in the area, as Highway 89 and surrounding roads are still icy due to a severe drop in temperatures overnight Wednesday.
The original story string is below.
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — The North Tahoe Fire Protection District is battling a “fully involved structure fire” in the area of Highway 89 and Sequoia Avenue on Lake Tahoe’s West Shore.
According to the district’s Facebook page, crews responded to the fire at 5:51 a.m. Thursday.
Other details were not immediately known.