Pet saved in Rough and Ready house fire |

Pet saved in Rough and Ready house fire

"During initial attack Firefighter Cisneros saved the family pet!" the Grass Valley/Nevada City fire departments' Twitter account states.
Grass Valley/Nevada City fire departments

Grass Valley firefighter Trenton Cisneros was fighting the fire inside the Gleko Road home when he heard “meowing” coming from somewhere nearby.

“I went and looked through the house,” he said. “It took me a couple of minutes. He was hiding under a couch. I was able to grab him pretty quick.”

Cisneros took the young male cat outside and handed him to his owner before returning to fight the blaze.

The cat was uninjured, he said, adding, “It was just scared.”

Grass Valley, Penn Valley, Higgins, Rough and Ready, Nevada County Consolidated fire districts and Cal Fire responded at 6:13 p.m. Monday to the fire in the 16000 block of Gleko Road.

According to Cisneros, the two back bedrooms were fully involved. The fire had spread to the attic when his engine arrived. He said it took about 35 to 40 minutes to extinguish the fire.

Penn Valley Fire Chief Don Wagner said the Grass Valley and Cal Fire crews had been en route to a fire reported just 10 minutes earlier on Long Valley Road when they were diverted to Gleko Road. Rough and Ready Fire also responded to the Long Valley Road fire.

The first fire was a “fully involved” fifth-wheel travel trailer a family was living in, Wagner said, adding they were not home at the time.

Right after the power came back on, other people living on the property noticed smoke coming out of the trailer, Wagner said. When they opened the door, the tenants’ dog ran out, he said.

They heard a loud pop, but the cause of the fire was not known, Wagner said.

“It was mostly burnt down by the time we got there,” he said. “Fortunately there was no wind at time, and the fire was contained to the trailer with very little extension to the vegetation outside.”

The residence on Gleko Road will “probably be a total loss,” Wagner said.

The cause of the fire was believed to be several candles that had been left lit in the house while the residents were in a workshop elsewhere on the property.

“That was the (room) where the fire started,” Wagner said.

According to Wagner, the family first heard one of their dogs barking outside, and came out of the garage to hear the fire alarm and see smoke coming from the house.

No one was injured in either fire, Wagner said.

The Red Cross provided assistance, as did the Penn Valley Fire Department through the California Fire Foundation’s SAVE program.

“We provided each family with $250 on a credit card,” Wagner said. “And Penn Valley Fire Auxiliary’s thrift store helped provide one family with coats and other items of clothing.”

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4236.

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