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Fire rips through rural Auburn home

Multiple departments fight back flames in densely wooded area
By: Eyragon Eidam, Staff Writer
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Multiple agencies responded to a structure fire on Twin Pines Trail in rural Auburn Wednesday evening.

Authorities believe the house fire started around 5:30 p.m. in small neighborhood just off Dry Creek Road.

The three-story home is located on the top of hill overlooking two other homes.

Fire trucks and outstretched hoses surrounded the large home on the circular, one-lane driveway to subdue flames on its east, west and south sides.

Authorities on scene said the cause of the blaze is unknown, but said once flames were contained an investigation would be conducted into its origin.

Chief Brad Harris of Cal Fire said the home was more than 50 percent burned by the time fire crews arrived.

“When we arrived here, we found a three-story, wood-frame structure 50 percent in flames,” Harris said. “We were looking to put the structure fire out, first of all, and to make sure it didn’t spread into the wild land.”

Crews responded with more than seven engines, three water tenders, a spotter aircraft and a bulldozer to keep flames from spreading into the densely wooded area surrounding the home.

“We’ve got a lot of resources working on scene,” Harris said.

Firefighters from Cal Fire, Placer County, the City of Auburn, Placer Hills and Higgins Fire Protection District responded to the call.

Harris said the homeowners were not home when the fire started. There were no reported injuries.

According to neighbors, the home belongs to Donald and Robin Hunsinger, who have owned the property since 2001.