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Nevada County fire: Blaze destroys 2,000-square-foot building; no one hurt

Firefighters on Monday battled a San Juan Ridge structure fire, a blaze that led to several explosions and the destruction of a 2,000-square-foot building, officials said.

No one was injured in the blaze, Cal Fire Battalion Chief Matt Wallen said.

The fire, about a mile north of Tyler Foote Crossing Road in the area of Highway 49 and Sweetland Road, broke out around noon. Firefighters from multiple agencies responded, attacking the blaze and bringing it under control in an hour, Wallen said.

“The cause is undetermined,” the battalion chief said. “It’s currently under investigation, but it doesn’t appear to be suspicious in any way.”

The fire consumed the vacant storage building, causing explosions when it reached fuel inside the structure. The blaze also destroyed two vehicles, one of them an RV. Additionally, a wooden fence and nearby vegetation were burned, Wallen said.

“There were a lot of explosions from fuel being stored,” he added. “We thought we had something a lot worse.”

Agencies responding to the fire include the North San Juan Volunteer Fire Department, Cal Fire, Tahoe National Forest officials and the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.


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