Deaf woman’s house burns |

Deaf woman’s house burns

John HartFour engines from three agencies could not stop flames from devouring the Scotts Flat Road home of Millie Pozar early Wednesday morning. Pozar escaped injury.
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A woman described as extremely hard of hearing escaped injury Wednesday when an early morning fire destroyed her house near Scotts Flat Lake, according to a fire official.

The fire, which burned through the modular home of longtime resident Millie Pozar at 21746 Scotts Flat Road, remains under investigation, 49er Fire Chief Dan Kopp said. The first call arrived at 1:37 a.m., he said.

Pozar was sleeping without her hearing aids when the fire broke out, Kopp said. The window was open, and there was fresh air in the bedroom, Kopp said. “That saved her.”

Larry and Linda Graham, the neighbors who called 911, said the woman awoke choking from the smoke.

The Grahams said they were sleeping when they heard loud popping noises.

“I jumped out (of bed) and got some clothes on,” Larry Graham said. The flames were 30 feet high by then, he said.

The Grahams said their garden hose was not long enough to reach Pozar’s house. It was like spitting on a bonfire, Larry Graham said.

The house is about 4 miles from the Historic Five Mile House on Highway 20.

Fire trucks can travel a maximum of 30 mph uphill on Highway 20, and by the time firefighters arrived at the scene, the house had collapsed, Kopp said

The response time for that area is 20 minutes, he said. The first fire engine arrived to the scene at 1:56 a.m., fire logs show.

Larry Graham, who helped Pozar search the rubble, said the fire was so hot it melted patio furniture.

Responding were two engines and three water tenders from the 49er Fire Department; one engine from the Nevada City Fire Department; and one engine from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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