Thursday Jul 23 2009
More than $200,000 of damage to burned home
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
Auburn owner rebuilding after loss
Officials estimate that an Auburn home suffered more than $200,000 in structural damage after it burned Wednesday. The home, locatedon the 200 block of Live Oak Street, caught fire at about noon Wednesday. The cause remains under investigation but according to Auburn City Fire Chief Mark D’Ambrogi, “we can safely say it’s an accidental fire.” D’Ambrogi said the $200,000 damage estimate does not include items inside the home. Fire crews remained on scene until about 7 p.m. Wednesday. On Thursday, investigators were at the property most of the day, D’Ambrogi said. The home belongs to Auburn resident Edwina “Muff” Azevedo. On Thursday, her son, Mark Azevedo, spoke on her behalf saying she was staying at his home. He said the insurance company was going to cover the loss. For the time being, Edwina Azevedo’s two dogs that a neighbor rescued are kept in a kennel Edwina Azevedo has used before. Mark Azevedo said his mother lost irreplaceable family memories including items handed down to her from her aunt and grandmother. She also lost items that belonged to her daughter who had earlier passed away. Mark Azevedo said his mother is now working to rebuild and “get back to normal.” “We appreciate all the help the fire department and the neighbors gave us,” Mark Azevedo said. D’Ambrogi added that it’s important for residents to protect their property with defensible space, which means clearing tree limbs and brush near their home and mowing their lawns. He said firefighters have a priority to first rescue life and property and then protect surrounding areas. “We’ll come with our equipment, our training, our knowledge and our resources,” D’Ambrogi said. “But the more defensible space and clearing of flammable vegetation there is around a home, the better job we can do.” The Journal's Jenifer Gee can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or post a comment.