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Home engulfed – Suspicious early morning fire spreads quickly, displacing 5 residents

An early morning blaze, which investigators described as suspicious, ravaged a home south of Grass Valley on Tuesday.

Two couples and one child were displaced in the fire.

The property on the 13200 block of Dog Bar Road, near La Barr Meadows Road, is owned by Wayne Brown Correctional Facility officer Chris Stanio, who was working at the jail when the fire was reported at 6:09 a.m.



Residents Amber Gorman, 25; her 5-year-old daughter, Kailey; her fiance, Daniel Anderson, 25; and Stanio’s girlfriend were home when the fire broke out.

“I was in bed, asleep,” Amber Gorman said. “My fiance said, ‘Grab your daughter and go.'”




Everyone in the home was able to escape outside. Gorman said when she left the home, a garage that was not attached to the home was in flames, as was a car parked next to it. She said the fire already had reached the kitchen.

The one-story home was completely engulfed when fire crews arrived at about 6:15 a.m.

Nevada County Consolidated Fire District and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection responded to the call, as did the Grass Valley and Nevada City fire departments. Crews were able to contain the fire by 6:41 a.m.

The cause of the fire had not been determined Tuesday, and Grass Valley Fire Battalion Chief Tom Browning said the point of origin of the blaze had not been found either.

But Nevada County Consolidated Fire Chief Tim Fike described the fire as “not ordinary.” He said the fire most likely started outside of the residence and spread faster than usual.

According to Nevada County Consolidated, the house was a complete loss, despite the efforts of firefighters to keep two rooms in the structure intact.

The house fire came less than one month after Stanio’s vehicle was broken into on July 24 and several personal belongings and pieces of identification, including his sheriff’s office badge, were taken.

Sheriff Keith Royal said Tuesday that at the time Stanio’s car was broken into, there were several burglaries reported in the same area. Royal said a connection between the two incidents had not been ruled out, but seemed unlikely.

Amber Gorman’s mother, Suzanne Goodman, said all of the current tenants moved into the home just six weeks ago.

Meanwhile, the Red Cross is helping the residents with clothes and lodging. Goodman has also opened an emergency trust fund for the displaced residents at Citizens Bank, at 709 Sutton Way, in the Brunswick Basin.

The account is called the “Suzanne Goodman Emergency Account.”

How to help

A fund has been established to help the displaced residents of the Dog Bar Road home destroyed by fire early Tuesday morning.

The fund, at Citizens Bank, 709 Sutton Way in the Brunswick Basin, is called the “Suzanne Goodman Emergency Account.”


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