Friday, May 2 — A fire that heavily damaged a residence in the Susanville area has been determined to be human caused and accidental in nature, according to a press release from the Susanville Fire Department.
The press release said the Thursday, May 1 blaze that required a multiple agency response, started outside of the home and spread into the structure and a shed.
The Susanville Fire Department responded at 5:40 p.m. for a reported smoke check in the area of Covina Avenue and Upland Street. While responding engine 623 was enroute and dispatch notified the crew the incident was a possible escaped debris burn threatening a structure. Upon arrival, firefigthers found a fully involved residential structure fire.
A full structure fire response was dispatched which resulted in the response of additional resources from the Susanville Fire Department and automatic aid from the Susan River Fire Protection District and CalFire.
Firefighters began a defensive attack on the fire to protect adjacent structures. As other fire personnel arrived on scene, an aggressive exterior fire attack was utilized to control the fire. It was under control at approximately 7 p.m.
Damage to the structure consisted of heavy charring from the floor to the ceiling throughout the home. There was also heavy damage to a shed in the backyard of the residence.
According to a press release from the American Red Cross, the fire displaced the family and the organization was dispatched and prepared to help with emergency needs such as temporary lodging and assistance for food and clothing.
Three chief officers, five fire engines, one ladder truck, one fire utility and four Susanville police officers responded to the scene. Other assisting agencies were Standish Litchfield fire Protection District, Lassen Municipal Utility District and Lassen County Office of Emergency Services.
One police officer and a firefighter from the Susanville Fire Department suffered minor injuries. They were treated and released from Banner Lassen Medical Center.