A structure fire broke about around 2:47 this morning (Wednesday) on Pioneer Way in the 17 thousand block. Firefighters initially had a difficult time getting to the approximately 900 sq ft structure due to a narrow steep drive way. Penn Valley Fire District Captain Clayton Thomas says the structure was fully involved when they arrived but weather prevented any threat to nearby structures.
“With the thunderstorms that came through this area, the Penn Valley area got very little in the way of lightning, but we did get some precipitation, so that kept the vegetation moist in the overnight hours and the relative humidity was rather high at that time of the morning. The spread of the fire was certainly diminished just because of that. Had the fire happened early this afternoon, certainly a many homes would have been threatened or quite a few homes in that neighborhood.”
The home was a total loss. Units from Penn Valley, Rough and Ready, consolidated fire, Cal-fire and Grass Valley station 1 responded to the fire.