BASS LAKE – A house fire on Road 432 closed the roadway in both directions this morning as firefighters worked in the pouring rain to extinguish the blaze.
Just after 8 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, crews responded to a report of a chimney fire at a lake-side home on Bass Lake, about a mile south of Road 222.
Investigators determined that the fire was caused by an improperly installed propane igniter. A resident put a log into the zero-clearance fireplace on the second floor, turned on the gas, which leaked into the chimney enclosure, causing the fire to travel throughout the flue and into the attic.
“They are very lucky they saw it when they did, and that they didn’t lose the entire structure,” said Cal Fire Battalion Chief Chris Christopherson.
The family vacation home also suffered damage to the living room and one bedroom.
Madera County Fire Department Engines 12, 14 and 18 and Squad 14 responded, along with Water Tenders 14 and 18, and Cal Fire Engines 4254 and 4275.
Road 432 was closed for about four hours in both directions.