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Fire destroys K-Beach garage, apartment

Posted: July 9, 2012 - 6:05pm  |  Updated: July 10, 2012 - 1:04pm

A fire destroyed a garage and two other structures in the Kalifornsky Beach area on Monday. No one was injured as a result of the fire.

The fire’s origin is unknown and Central Emergency Services is still investigating.

It destroyed a garage and an attached guest apartment. The size of the structure was about 30 by 60 feet, said CES Safety Officer Brad Nelson. A nearby greenhouse also was destroyed; responders discovered the remnants of the additional structure after they extinguished the fire.

CES received a call at 2:00 p.m. and arrived on scene in about 10 minutes. A resident called in the fire after hearing an explosion and seeing flames.

When responders arrived, flames had engulfed the entire garage, Nelson said. They ensured no one was in the garage or apartment then fought to keep a nearby home from catching fire.

A gas line, however, ruptured in the engulfed building. The potential danger stopped responders’ efforts until Enstar Natural Gas Co. arrived and shut off the gas line from a remote location, Nelson said.

The line could have caused an explosion and a second fire, he said.

The owner of the property returned home as firefighters continued to extinguish the blaze; she told responders her husband and granddaughter where fishing, Nelson said.  

Responders extinguished the fire within an hour and 30 minutes. As of 5 p.m., they began work on salvage and overhaul, removing wood and debris from the site.

Nelson said CES officials had not responded to any other fires since the two arson fires last week.

“Knock on wood,” he said. “Since those two (fires), people have been watching, and the state troopers said they got a couple of calls about suspicions but nothing serious.

“People are keeping an eye out.”

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