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A STRUCTURE FIRE in a home on Riverwood Drive in Placerville on Monday caused damage to the roof of the home. The fire is suspected to have been caused by a bird's nest in a light fixture. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum


Fire burns roof of Gold Hill house

By From page A3 | May 03, 2013

A fire claimed part of the roof of a house Monday in Gold Hill.

Fire crews responded to 8568 Riverwood Drive at 10:45 p.m. after one of the homeowners called in, said El Dorado County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Pott. She and her husband were awake and she heard something in the kitchen, believing it to be her husband and dog. Instead, she found a fire on the exterior wall.

An investigation showed the likely cause — a wooden sconce light fixture on the outside of the house. It’s believed that a bird nest in the fixture caught fire, Pott said. It then spread to the attic.

“It was probably well-involved in the attic before they even discovered the fire,” Pott said. “It was pretty deep-seated when we arrived, had flames shooting through the roof shortly after we arrived. Luckily, there was a hydrant nearby and we knocked it out quickly.”

The fire damaged about a quarter of the roof of the house, mostly affecting the kitchen and a bedroom. There we no injuries.

A total of seven engines, a medic and a chief responded from Cal Fire, County Fire, Garden Valley, Diamond Springs and Rescue Fire Departments.

Cole Mayer

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