PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
AN ARSON INVESTIGATOR, who remains unnamed due to undercover work, walks by a burned house where a ladder had been leaning against the house. The heat had been so intense that it melted the top part of the aluminum ladder, causing it run like a rivulet of water. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
MIKE BAMBER is greeted by his pet peacock who survived the fire and returned to the property on July 31. Bamber and his wife, long time El Dorado County residents, lost their modular home and garden in the Sand Fire in Mount Aukum. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
MIKE BAMBER points to the fire damage on his property as Contractors State Licensing Board spokesperson Melanie Bedwell looks on in Mount Aukum on July 31. Bamber and his wife, long time El Dorado County residents, lost their modular home and garden in the Sand Fire in Somerset. Bedwell and members of the Statewide Investigative Team or SWIFT contacted fire victims to warn and advise them of what to do if contacted by unlicensed contractors. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
ASHES ARE ALL that remain of the Bambers' 2 bedroom modular home in Mount Aukum. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
VIETNAM VETERAN Mike Bamber sorts through a set of military plane commemorative collectible plates which survived the fire. Bamber lost irreplaceable items such as his father's photographs, medals received from the Vietnam War, his stamp and coin collection, except for one gold coin. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
A NEIGHBOR stops by to check on Mike Bamber and offers cold drinks and his air conditioned home for when Bamber needs a break from clearing his the remains of his home and property. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
MIKE BAMBER lost his two-bedroom modular home in the Sand Fire, but he was back July 31 with new lumber, new work gloves and new tools. Saved from the fire was his family crest, some military airplane commemorative plates and his pet peacock. Lost were his Vietnam medals, father's photographs and his collection of stamps and coins. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

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