Colfax home destroyed in morning fire

Property was under foreclosure
By: Martha Garcia, Colfax Record Editor
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A fire that destroyed a Colfax home Tuesday morning is under investigation by Cal Fire. According to Cal Fire Battalion Chief Doug Pinella, the fire was reported at 6:08 a.m. A total of 15 firefighters and five engines from his department, as well as Colfax City Fire and the Placer Hills Fire District, found the 44 Gearhart Lane home fully involved upon their arrival. Crews were able to extinguish the fire in two hours. Although the home had been red-tagged as unsafe by the City of Colfax building department and was supposed to be unoccupied, one fire victim was treated for a minor second-degree burn. Pinella estimated the loss of the home, which was under foreclosure proceedings, at $125,000. “The fire started from a mattress,” Pinella said. “The neighbors kept witnessing illegal entry during the last six months. … We believe it was a homeless person who started the fire by accident.” Gearhart Lane is located off North Main Street near the Highway 174 bridge on one end and Pleasant Street at the upper end. The narrow street, which is near the Sierra Community Center baseball field, is dotted with homes. It was closed to traffic throughout the morning.