Truckee home goes up in flames |

Truckee home goes up in flames

Submitted photoThree people and two pets escaped a fire that destroyed a Ponderosa Palisades home late Monday night.

Three people and two pets escaped a fire that destroyed a Ponderosa Palisades home late Monday night.

Most of the home, which went up in flames after 11 p.m., was severely burned. The flames consumed the roof and rose over 20 feet above the home, causing minor heat damage to surrounding houses, eyewitnesses said.

“I watched the deck burn and the chairs on the upper deck burn,” said Karin Bell, a nearby resident.

Crews from the Truckee fire department, California Department of Forestry, Squaw Valley and Northstar responded to the scene.

Fire officials are not certain what started the fire, said Truckee Fire Department Spokesman Gene Welch, and the investigation is continuing.

The house was divided into two apartments and was occupied by renters, said Welch. The apartment below the garage was the least damaged.

Investigators are staying away from the building today because they believe it is unstable, said Welch.

“The building is unsafe and may collapse at any time,” he said.

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