A fire Wednesday morning burned two structures to the ground in Garden Valley and caused injuries to two people.
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The two structures, a mobile home and a “rustic” home on Johntown Creek Road, were burned along with between 4 and 6 acres of wildland, Garden Valley Fire Chief Bill Dekker said. “It was burning so extreme,” he said, “it crowned 100-foot trees.” Embers floated down and threatened a third home, he said, but the third home escaped the fire unscathed. The fire “nuked” the other two homes, Dekker said.
Two people were injured in the rustic home, both elderly, Dekker said. The firefighters had been battling the blaze when they heard a woman’s scream, leading one of the captains to pull the woman to safety. They had to take down a metal gate to get to her. She was taken by a Georgetown ambulance to Marshall Hospital with “severe” burns, second and third degree, while they rescued a second person.
Dekker spotted the fire himself at 10:37 a.m. while he was on his way to inspect the high school, he said. He then called in the fire, and got an “excellent response,” with Cal Fire, the U.S. Forest Service, Rescue Fire, El Dorado County Fire, Georgetown Fire and his own Garden Valley Fire coming to put out the small but “extreme” conflagration.
The cause was unknown Wednesday afternoon, but Dekker noted that it was being investigated by El Dorado County arson investigators.