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‘Unrealistic cause’: No evidence of meteorite striking ground

Elias Funez / The Union
Firefighters work to extinguish the flames of a working structure fire Friday evening off of Englebright Reservoir. Witnesses say they saw a meteor flash near where the fire started.
Provided/Annita Kasparian via The Union

Firefighters investigating the cause of a Friday night structure fire off of Englebright Dam Road in Smartsville, have stated that the ignition source was most likely not a meteorite.

A widely viewed Facebook video posted by Evita Nieves shows Nieves as she and her husband follow the direction of a bright flash of light that she saw streak across the sky.

Multiple other eyewitness accounts were taken from folks up and down Northern California.

At the end of Nieves’ video, the structure in question can be seen fully engulfed.

“A meteor is a very poor source of ignition to begin with,” Penn Valley Fire Protection District Captain Clayton Thomas said. “A very large meteor could cause a fire, but it would leave evidence of that.”

Penn Valley Firefighters continued to investigate into the cause of the structure fire this week.

“NASA is saying that they don’t believe that anything struck the ground at that time,” Thomas said. “It would be an unrealistic cause.”

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