Humble heroes fight fire |

Humble heroes fight fire

Two brothers, Donnie and Raymond Thompson, were on their way to a tile job in the Stonebridge subdivision of Nevada City Thursday when they spotted a small fire close to the trees. They immediately jumped out of their red pickup, tore off their shirts and beat down the flames, said Pat Minch, the president of the Stonebridge Homeowners Association, who witnessed the event.

The fire was allegedly started accidentally by a Comcast communications crew who had been working in the neighborhood upgrading the cable signal for the area. They had finished work on one corner and moved down the block to work at another site when a spark burst into flames and caught dry grass.

“I just happened to be coming in one direction and saw the flames were two to three feet high and within two feet of the nearest trees,” Minch said. The fire caused homes such as hers to be without phone lines for the next day, she said.

Donnie Thompson, 41, of San Francisco, and Raymond Thompson, 38, of Colfax, formed a two-man fire line between the flames and the trees using only the shirts from their backs until the fire department responded about ten minutes later, she said.

But before they could receive thanks from the neighbors, the Thompsons jumped back into their truck and drove to work.

“They left so we just drove around until we saw the truck,” Minch said. She said that when she approached the brothers they were very modest about receiving recognition.

“It is what anybody would do,” Raymond Thompson said.

Mary Thompson, Raymond and Donnie’s mother, said that when her sons got home Thursday evening they told her what happened. She said she was not surprised by her sons’ actions. “I think they are great and I thought that it was a pretty good deed,” she said.

The Stonebridge Homeowners Association thought so too and will present the Raymond brothers with an award and a check each for their quick thinking.

“We would like to see them see full credit and accolades,” Minch said.

She said she has also contacted Comcast with the hopes that they will also contribute to the reward.


Another spark

Blaze blackens border acreage

Firefighters were occupied Friday with a timber fire that grew to 20-30 acres near Floriston on the Nevada border.

The fire was reported Friday morning and several crews responded, including two air tankers, one air attack plane, three helicopters, two hand crews, and ten engines. Fire officials said the Floriston Fire was near the old Martis Fire.

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