Fire damages vacant Orange Street home

A house being remodeled at 17 Orange St. suffered heavy smoke and fire damage in the early morning hours of Friday, Feb. 19.

According to a statement from the Susanville Fire Department, firefighters responded to the blaze about 2:36 a.m. Friday morning. Upon arrival, the first engine company reported heavy smoke and fire coming from the street side window in front of the house. Rapid and aggressive firefighting efforts were performed, and the fire was contained and extinguished within the structure with no extension or damage to adjacent structures. There were no occupants in the structure, and it was being remodeled at the time of the fire. The structure suffered heavy smoke and fire damage to the living room, kitchen and attic areas.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The Susanville Police Department, CalFire, the California Correctional Center Fire Department, the High Desert State Prison Fire Department, the Susan River Fire Protection District and Janesville Fire District assisted the SFD in battling the blaze.

Total equipment committed to the incident included three chief officers, five engines, one truck, breathing air support, and three SPD units for a total of 26 personnel.