The office of the Front Yard Nursery on Mother Lode Drive in Placerville was damaged by a small fire Wednesday morning.
Cal Fire personnel from “across the way” received a call to the fire at 7:36 a.m., Diamond Springs Fire Chief Bryan Ransdell said. They were first on scene five minutes later. Diamond Springs Fire, El Dorado County Fire and Cameron Park Fire all quickly arrived and “within 10 minutes” the fire was contained, said Ransdell, who led the firefighting operation.
The crew of Engine 49 also discovered a fire in the attic of the single-wide trailer used as an office. “They found that and put it out. Counting that, it was about 15 minutes” before the entire operation was contained. “They knocked it out real quick,” he said, calling the attack on the fire “aggressive.”
The trailer, a sales office, held chemicals and fertilizer, making it imperative that the fire was put out quickly before it could use those as fuel, Ransdell said. He said that, given the small window, they did a “heck of a job. They saved a lot of product.”
About a quarter of the trailer was destroyed, he said, with the rest of it damaged but salvageable with a bit of refurbishing.
Though the official cause of the fire is undetermined, Ransdell believed the cause was likely electrical problems.