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No foul play suspected in North Auburn blaze

By: Journal Staff
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AUBURN CA - Investigators believe no foul play was involved in a Dec. 8 fire in North Auburn that damaged a fourplex and displaced 13 people.

Cal Fire public information officer Lynn Tolmachoff said Friday that investigators believe the fire’s cause was “not suspicious” but that the probe into how it started had not been completed.

The initial fire report was received by dispatchers at 3:37 a.m. and the initial fire crew arrived 10 minutes later, according to Cal Fire. The 3567 Galena Drive building was severely damaged by fire, particularly in the back two units.

With the exception of one resident taken to hospital with symptoms of smoke inhalation, all other residents were able to flee the burning building without injury, Tolmachoff said.

Two vehicles were also severely damaged in the fire, which sent flames shooting up into the night sky over the Auburn Greens subdivision off Highway 49.