Vagrant suspected to have caused Riverside Drive fire

Firefights quickly knocked down a fire at this vacant residence on Riverside Drive Friday morning.

Firefighters suspect a vagrant caused a fire in a vacant single-story residence at 2415 Riverside Drive about 10:12 a.m. Friday, March 8, closing Riverside Drive for a short time.

According to a statement from the Susanville Fire Department, upon arrival an engine from the SFD observed moderate smoke showing out of the rear door of the residence. The engine assumed incident command and initiated fire suppression efforts.

A CalFire engine arrived on scene and was assigned to primary search. Incident command requested a third engine continue to the scene but canceled all other incoming units. The third engine was assigned to suppression efforts, and the fire was quickly knocked down and extinguished.

Firefighters conducted an investigation into the fire’s cause and origin while the overhaul operation was in progress. The fire originated in a 3-foot by 4-foot by 1-foot tall pile of trash in the back room of the structure. The fire is suspected to have been caused by a vagrant who dropped something hot or on fire into the pile of trash.

A Friday morning fire burned this residence on Riverside Drive.

The fire was contained to the room of origin. Smoke damage was minor throughout the residence. No firefighter or civilian injuries were reported.

The SFD was supported by CalFire, the Susanville Police Department and Susanville Public Works.