A house near Highways 193 and 49 was a total loss in a fire Monday morning.
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The fire was reported at 10:27 a.m. and the first responding engine noted heavy fire in a boarded-up house, said El Dorado County Fire Division Chief Tim Cordero. The house was vacant, with no occupants or victims.
Cordero noted that due to the fire’s vertical movement, it became unsafe for firefighters to be in the structure and they were pulled out, going on the defensive.
Highway 49 was closed due to a needed fire hydrant being across the street from the house.
The fire was contained at roughly 1 p.m., Cordero said, and the house was a total loss. He noted that “had it been summer, it could have presented a whole different situation,” rather than the colder, wet conditions they faced.