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Cal Fire/Butte County Fire Department responds to two early morning residental structure fires


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By: Mary Ann Alrich, CAL FIRE / Butte County Fire

Butte County August 11, 2013 – CAL FIRE/Butte County Fire crews responded to two residential structure fires in the early morning on Sunday, August 11th in the Kelley Ridge area of Oroville.

At 3:26 a.m., the residents at 435 Oakvale Avenue reported a fire in a boat parked adjacent to their home. Upon arrival of the first engine, the fire crews found the fire had spread to the garage and attic of the house. Six engines, two water tenders and volunteers from Kelly Ridge and Bangor were able to contain damage from the fire to the garage, one bedroom and bathroom and attic area. Damage to the structure is estimated at $80,000.00, with the remaining structure and contents saved listed at $200,000.00. The four residents were un-hurt and are being assisted by Red Cross. Evidence found during the fire investigation suggests that the cause of this fire may be suspicious. Anyone with information regarding this fire start is asked to contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at 530-538-7888 or call the Fire Tip Line at 530-538-6227. Callers can remain anonymous.

The second fire was reported at 5:55 a.m. at 5162 Royal Oaks Drive. The resident returned home to find the double wide mobile home on fire. While there were three other residents living at this address, there was no one home when the fire started. Three engines from CAL FIRE/Butte County Fire were assisted by an engine from El Medio Fire District and Volunteers from Kelly Ridge and Bangor. The fire crews were able to save the garage and contents and stop the fire from spreading to nearby residents, but the mobile home and contents were completely destroyed. Value of the home is listed at $120,000.00 and value to saved garage and contents, $25,000.00. The cause of this fire is under investigation. Red Cross is assisting the four residents.

 

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