Blaze damages home in Peardale |

Blaze damages home in Peardale

A blaze that broke out in the floor of a Peardale home next to a wood cook stove caused damage to the kitchen and attic Monday.

Home owner Walter Hocking was away when the fire was called in at 12:44 p.m., according to Peardale-Chicago Park Fire Department Chief Jim Bierwagen.

Neighbors saw smoke pouring out of the home at the corner of North Meadow Drive and Highway 147 and called the fire department, Bierwagen said.

That allowed firefighters enough time to save the building, Bierwagen said.

“We were unable to determine an exact cause,” Bierwagen said, but a stack of kitchen items next to the wood stove could have been a contributing factor.

Firefighters from the Grass Valley and Nevada City fire departments and the Ophir Hill Fire Protection District assisted Bierwagen’s department. No one was injured.

Rogers manslaughter case in Placer courts:

Patricia L. Hernandez, 55, of Chicago Park, has been arraigned in Placer County Superior Court on suspicion of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence.

The charge comes from the Jan. 31 death of well-known Nevada City bicyclist Jim Rogers, 53, on Highway 174 just over the Nevada County line. Hernandez’ vehicle allegedly struck Rogers’ bicycle from behind as she climbed the hill going toward Colfax.

She will reappear in the Placer County court April 26 for a case status conference, according to court spokesman Art Campos.

Accident victim cited, but out of hospital:

Alex Epstein, 21, of Grass Valley, was injured in a one-car accident April 1, and has been released from Sutter Roseville Medical Center. However, Epstein has been charged on suspicion of driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license and driving without insurance, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Cindy Morgan.

Epstein was injured when he lost control of his vehicle at high speed on Brewer Road, according to the CHP.

Injured NU graduates improving in Nevada:

A pair of 2009 Nevada Union High School graduates continue to recover at Renown Medical Center in Reno after a March 14 crash near Lake Tahoe.

Daniel “Danny” Smith, 18, has left the intensive care unit for a regular hospital room and is now up and walking, according to a family Web site.

His girlfriend who was driving, Rochelle “Roxy” Weir-Ford, 18, remains in the intensive care unit. Weir-Ford has been breathing on her own for hours at a time when she is not on a respirator for backup safety.

To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail or call 477-4237.

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