MORE THAN 70 percent of an uninhabited structure in Greenwood was consumed by a fire on Dec. 4. Democrat photos by Rebecca Murphy


House fire in Greenwood

By From page A3 | December 11, 2013

A house fire in Greenwood on Wednesday, Dec. 4, resulted in more than 70 percent of the home consumed and some wild land fire behind it as well, according to Georgetown Fire Chief Greg Schwab.

“The call came in at 7:01 a.m. without an exact address,” he said. “It first came over as a smoke check and we couldn’t find it, but then found it at 4644 Highway 193 in Greenwood.”

The uninhabited structure was 70 percent involved when fire crews arrived, and Schwab said it was difficult to fight.

“There are no hydrants in the area, so we trucked in water.” Within 30 minutes, the fire was under control and by 2 p.m. fire crews left the scene. Georgetown, Garden Valley, Cal Fire, El Dorado County Fire, U.S. Forest Service and Rescue Fire all provided equipment and responded to the bank-owned home. When asked about a fire in an unoccupied home, Schwab said, “Statistically (nationwide), occupancies under renovation or uninhabited have a higher incidence of fire than those inhabited.”

The fire is still under investigation by the Arson Task Force, under the supervision of the District Attorney’s office.

Rebecca Murphy

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