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Burning down

John HartOphir Hill and Peardale-Chicago Park fire personnel fight a fire in the Cedar Ridge that destroyed a garage and vintage car
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An overloaded electrical circuit likely caused a Monday fire that destroyed a Cedar Ridge-area garage and a vintage car in it, according to firefighters.

A handful of fire agencies went to the home of Jim and Donna Dion, at 12917 Brookview Circle after a neighbor reported seeing flames just after 10 a.m.

It appears an overloaded circuit started the fire, which claimed a 1957 Chevy truck, numerous tools and family memorabilia, according to Peardale-Chicago Park Fire Chief Jim Bierwagen.

The circuitry was set up for a water heater, but later changes by a previous owner probably caused the overload, Bierwagen said.

Donna Dion originally thought the fire was more destructive after a family member called her at work.

“They were just excited at the time and said, ‘Your house is on fire. Get home,'” Dion said.

She felt more panic when she saw smoke from Brunswick Road before arriving home.

“I’m just glad that nothing happened to our surrounding property,” she said.

Fire landed on her house, which is separated from the garage, and a neighbor’s roof, but the flames were quickly extinguished, said Dion, who praised the fire crews. Bierwagen said the fire also caused a couple of small spot fires on the ground.

Besides Peardale-Chicago Park, firefighters from Ophir Hill, Nevada County Consolidated, Grass Valley and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection responded.

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