carneros fire

Carneros blaze causes $150,000 in damages

2013-03-06T07:48:00Z 2013-03-07T22:13:55Z Carneros blaze causes $150,000 in damagesRegister staff Napa Valley Register
March 06, 2013 7:48 am  • 

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.

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(2) Comments

  1. JoeMaumee
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    JoeMaumee - March 06, 2013 10:24 am
    It's funny, when the NFD has a "tiny" incident the register has a fairly lengthy article with all the bells and whistles to go with it. When you have a well involved house, pictures to prove it, outside of the city, you get this type of article. Shame on he Register for this. The people who responded and helped these people deserve the same style and aggressive reporting as NFD.
  2. REPUBLICANKID
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    REPUBLICANKID - March 06, 2013 11:22 am
    County fire should invest in more water tenders. At the end of the day this place was doomed before the first unit went on scene.
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