Fire destroyed a home in Auburn at 2:45 a.m. Monday morning and the wind sent embers flying, threatening several nearby homes. The cause of the fire at 880 El Oro Drive in the incline area of Auburn is still under investigation. Auburn Fire Chief Mark D’Ambrogi says the high wind and dry vegetation were major concerns.
“First arriving units encountered a fully involved structure. Probably 50% of it was actively burning through the roof. We had a 10-15 mile an hour wind from the north-northeast and it was blowing embers throughout the neighborhood. So our goal was to confine the fire to the house of origin. We did have two other structures that received minimal damage.”
The 4 occupants in the home got out safely but the structure is a total loss. Chief D’Ambrogi says there was a great response from the neighborhood.
“So a lot of people took the initiative and knocked on each other’s doors and kind of got people out of their homes and kind of coordinated one section of the neighborhood. There was a really good response with our fire department that did the same thing.”
Because of the High wind, four fire agencies with about 20 personnel and 10 engines responded to the fire.