Fire ripped through a single-story home in Carneros on Tuesday night, with firefighters battling high winds as they tried to gain control of the blaze.
CalFire got a call at 11 p.m. of a home ablaze in the 3300 block of Highway 12/121. The structure was heavily involved when the first units from CalFire/Napa County Fire Department arrived, with flames shooting 30 feet into the air, officials reported.
The fire occurred in a home that was under renovation. The owner, who was alone, working inside the house on a ladder, saw the fire and called 911, CalFire said. It appeared to have started in a sleeping area.
The owner lives in Napa. A relative who lives at the house was not home, said Battalion Chief Pete Muñoa.
Firefighters were able to contain the damage to 40 percent of the home, officials said. Firefighters using a chainsaw cut a large hole in the roof to get at the fire and let out smoke while others fought the fire from inside the house.
The fire was under control at 12:12 a.m. High winds blowing from the south at 15 to 20 miles per hour kept the fire away from the uninvolved portion of the house, Muñoa said.
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. was called because a power line fell on trees near the structure, according to CalFire. The trees did not catch fire.
Units remained at scene until approximately 3 a.m. conducting salvage and overhaul operations. No injuries were reported.
Property damage is estimated at $150,000. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but it is believed to be accidental. Other structures on the 2.6-acre property were not damaged.
The owner, who lives in Napa, had recently obtained a permit to remodel a bathroom, according to Napa County. The house was insured, according to CalFire and Napa County.