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A fast-moving fire destroyed a home in Yosemite Lakes Park Friday afternoon. (Photos by Leonard Andrenacci)

Fast-Moving Blaze Guts Structure, Car in YLP

YOSEMITE LAKES PARK — A fast-moving fire at a property on North Dome Drive scorched a garage, house and car before firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze Friday afternoon.

The cause of the fire, which broke out about 3:30 p.m. at 31207 North Dome Dr., remains under investigation.

The fire is believed to have started in the garage near the vehicle and then quickly moved to the attached structure, which reportedly was occupied by an elderly resident who escaped from the blaze without injury.

The 911 call, which came from a neighbor who smelled smoke and then saw the garage on fire, generated a multi-agency response from Cal Fire, Madera County Sheriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol.

Several hours after the fire was extinguished, mop-up operations continued at the scene and North Dome Drive remained closed to local traffic.

According to a battalion chief at Cal Fire, the structure was deemed a 90 percent loss — although a significant amount of personal property within the house was salvaged by firefighters before it could be damaged or destroyed by the fire.

Firefighters were able to contain and extinguish the blaze before it could spread to nearby brush and neighboring properties.

Further details regarding the cause of the blaze will be forthcoming after the investigation into the fire is completed.

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