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Friday night fire causes ‘substantial’ damage

Auburn man bought home as Valentine’s Day present for his wife
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
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A cozy fireplace fire ended up destroying part of an Auburn family’s home - a special Valentine’s Day present to a wife and mother - Friday night. At about 6:32 p.m. emergency fire crews got the call that a home was ablaze on Haines Road, located off of Bell Road in Auburn. Even though the family was inside the home at the start of the fire, all six made it out safely and no injuries were reported, according to Calfire battalion chief Ray Wright. The blaze was brought under control by about 7:15 p.m. The cause remains under investigation, Wright said. Ed Barton watched from a few feet away as firefighters worked to extinguish the flames flaring out from the second story of the home he gifted to his wife in 2001 as a Valentine’s Day present. “I got this for her on Valentine’s Day and it burns on the weekend of and it’s also Friday the 13th,” Barton said. “Funny how life changes on you.” The Nevada Irrigation District employee said he had recently returned home and was upstairs taking a shower when his wife ran in and told him the house was on fire. Barton’s son said he was in a room close by to where the fire started and didn’t realize the extent of the flames until he stepped outside. Barton said fortunately officers driving on Bell Road saw the fire and had reported it to dispatch even before the family was able to call 911. “We escaped something dangerous,” Barton said. Barton said his family had decided to start a fire in the fireplace, which was something not done on a regular basis but the night seemed to be a good occasion with family from out of town visiting. While firefighters and Ed Barton are not certain of what caused the fire, they believe it originated from the fireplace. Barton said his family lives on the second floor of the home, which, unfortunately, was the part of the house that Wright said was “pretty much a total loss.” Wright described the rest of the damage as “substantial.” The first floor of the home is where Barton’s wife, Shannon Granados, runs her daycare, Shannon’s Kid Korral. Barton said the daycare will obviously be shut down until the damage can be repaired. He said he thinks some of the toys will be recovered, but believes family photos and memorabilia close to the fireplace have been lost. “It’s the photos and the stuff you can’t get back,” Barton said. Wright said crews were working hard to recover what they could from the home. “We’re taking care of the belongings as best we can,” Wright said. In the meantime, Barton said the family will probably stay with friends until they figure out a more permanent solution while their home is being repaired. Wright estimated that crews would remain at the scene until at least 11 p.m. Friday. The four to five engines, three water tenders, one breath support unit, prevention officer and chief officer included area fire department personnel who dashed out of the Auburn Hook and Ladder Company No. 1’s 157th annual Roll Call dinner. “I was hoping to stop by, but it doesn’t look like that will happen tonight,” Wright said. The Journal’s Jenifer Gee can be reached at jeniferg@goldcountrymedia.com or post a comment.