COARSEGOLD – After a fairly uneventful evening of patrolling the area during 4th of July festivities, firefighters were called out to a structure fire on Road 417 at around 2 a.m. this morning.
Crews responded to a house on fire about one-quarter mile east of Highway 41 in the Indian Lakes area.
There were about six people in the approximately 1,800-square-foot, single-story home, when one of them heard crackling sounds. At that time, the fire was confined to the garage and up into the attic space, so there was no smoke inside the home to set off smoke alarms.
Cal Fire Battalion Chief and Incident commander Jeff McCarroll is outspoken in his praise of the work firefighters did in saving the structure and keeping the fire from spreading into the vegetation.
“They did an outstanding job stopping this one,” says McCarroll. “The main damage is to the garage and the attic area, but the entire interior of the house was saved.”
He estimates about $60,000 in damage to the garage, the roof and the carpets in the house.
The Red Cross responded to provide assistance to the residents who were displaced due to the blaze.
No one in the home was injured, no firefighters were injured, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.