Harold Kruger
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November 1, 2013
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Browns Valley home burns; person missing


Firefighters could not locate a missing person in the debris of a million-dollar Yuba County house that burned down Wednesday night.

The blaze on Sicard Flat Road was reported to Cal Fire at 5:45 p.m. When firefighters arrived, the 3,870-square-foot home was 80 percent involved, according to Cal Fire.

“The fire had been going for a little while,” said Cal Fire spokeswoman Lynne Tolmachoff. It was “quite a hot fire,” she said.

Tolmachoff said there was “one person unaccounted for,” and “it’s going to be a little while before we can confirm if a person was inside.”

Firefighters were searching through “layers of debris” to find if there were a victim, she said.

The three-bedroom, three-bath home at 9500 Sicard Flat Road is for sale, Tolmachoff said. The online listing had the asking price at $1.35 million.

The home, built in 1996, is on a 26.53-acre site that includes a 20-acre vineyard.

The listing said the home included 640 cases of Syrah and Petite Syrah.

Firefighters from Smartsville, Cal Fire, Loma-Rica Browns Valley and Penn Valley battled the blaze.

Harold Kruger is a reporter for the Marysville Appeal-Democrat.


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