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Fire destroys Auburn house

By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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Placer County Sheriff’s Office photo

Firefighters comb through the charred remains of an Auburn house that was lost to flames Saturday.

 

UPDATE: 12:20 P.M. TUESDAY, JULY 31: OVERWORKED ELECTRICAL OUTLET SEEN AS CAUSE

A fire at a house in North Auburn left the building a smoking shell of what it had been earlier in the day Saturday.

Fire investigators say several factors - including the heat, an overloaded electrical outlet and a building with few structural features to retard the flames - contributed to the severity of the blaze.

Cal Fire law enforcement officer John Hotchkiss said today that indications are an overloaded outlet couldn’t handle the demands of an air conditioner and a hot plate in the heat of late afternoon.

The lone occupant of the converted barn structure was able to get out relatively uninjured and set to work fighting the fire with a garden hose until engines arrived, Hotchkiss said. The man escaped with slight burns to his face and hands, he said.

With temperatures hovering around 100 degrees, Cal Fire firefighters and support from nearby departments, including the Auburn Fire Department, were unable to save the home in the 5000 block of Bell Road.

Fire officials were describing the building as a total loss. But firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading, Hotchkiss said.

“The big concern was that it would get into the wildland,” Hotchkiss added. “We were fortunate to keep it to the structure.”


ORIGINAL REPORT: FIRE DESTROYS AUBURN HOUSE

A fire at a house in North Auburn left the building a smoking shell of what it had been earlier in the day Saturday.

With temperatures hovering around 100 degrees, Cal Fire firefighters with support from nearby departments, including the Auburn Fire Department, were unable to save the home in the 5000-block Bell Road.

Fire officials were describing the burned building as a total loss.

No one was injured and the cause was under investigation over the weekend.

The Journal will update this report as more information becomes available.