NEVADA CITY, Calif. August 27, 2016 – A structure fire was reported at 00:03 and all units responded to Banner Quaker Hill Road in Cascade Shores. Upon the arrival of Engine 86, they reported it to be a two-story wood frame residential home, with heavy smoke and fire showing, fully involved.
The fire took approximately one hour to knockdown and an additional two hours to extinguish completely. All operations were performed from the exterior of the building due to the amount of involvement and instability of the structure.
There was minor extension to the wildland and extension to multiple vehicles.
All occupants were reported out of the building, with the homeowners being transported to SNMH with minor injuries from jumping out of the second story to flee the fire.
The building and vehicles were a total loss. No damage to adjacent properties.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Nevada County Consolidated Fire Department’s Battalion 2, Chief 5100, Engine 84, Engine 86, Engine 5482, Engine 1, Engine 2, Water Tender 88 and Prevention 1 were assisted by Ophir Hill FD Engine 5269, Cal Fire Engine 2379 and Sierra Nevada Ambulance Medic 2. All units were released at 4:34 am.
Editor’s note: Firefighters used defensive firefighting tactics to confine the fire to the structure and protect the surrounding homes and the wildland. A difficult task, given the high potential of the fire to spread, poor visibility and the home being fully engulfed when the first engine arrived. Kudos to the firefighters for a job well done.