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Electrical problem may have ignited house fire

An electrical problem was the possible cause of a Camptonville-area house fire Thursday night.

The owner, Greg McClellan, and his three children were eating dinner when the lights flickered at their home at 15438 Old Toll Road, between Maryland and Moonshine roads southwest of Camptonville.

They went outside and saw a fire in the attached garage, where a battery generator for a solar-power system sat, Assistant Camptonville Fire Chief Steve Shappert said Friday.

Reported at 5:47 p.m., the fire destroyed the two-story, 1,800-foot house.

Crews needed 7,000 gallons to put out the fire because the flames reached “a difficult crawl space,” said Shappert, who left the site at 5 a.m. Friday.

Firefighters from departments in North San Juan, Downieville and Pike also responded.

– Doug Mattson

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