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Garage, cars are destroyed in fire

Kerana M. Todorov
John HartA four-car garage on Osdick Court off Rock Creek Road with cars inside it burned to the ground Tuesday morning.
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A four-car garage was destroyed and a prized automobile was reduced to an engine block, tail pipe and scorched parts Tuesday in an early morning fire north of Nevada City, fire officials said.

No one was injured in the fire that started at about 5 a.m.

Also lost in the fire off Rock Creek Road were a work truck filled with tools homeowner John Sotelo used to hang garage doors, and two other vehicles. The prized automobile, a maroon Prowler his wife, Susan Sotelo, estimated was worth $65,000, was all fiberglass.

The cause of the fire is unknown and the investigation continues, 49er Battalion Chief David Ray said. He estimated the loss at approximately $225,000.

The homeowners woke up to the sound of the vehicles’ alarms, Ray said. When the fire engines arrived, the fire was coming out of each end of the 1,250-square-foot wooden garage. The fire was contained in 20 minutes, he said.

Windows in the main house 60 feet away from the garage sustained some cracks, Ray said.

John Sotelo operated Big John’s Garage Door from the garage, Susan Sotelo said.

He will be back to work in no time, Susan Sotelo predicted. He still has his customers, she said. “He still has his house,” she added.

“You can’t keep a big guy down,” she said as John sat nearby, quietly. “He’ll be back.

“Give us 24 hours.”

– Dave Moller contributed to this story

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