Purdon Fire contained within hours; 4 structures destroyed, Cal Fire says (VIDEO) | TheUnion.com

Purdon Fire contained within hours; 4 structures destroyed, Cal Fire says (VIDEO)

Cal Fire firefighters douse the burning remnants of a shed, a horse trailer, and vehicles that succumbed to the flames of a 3 acre fire at Purdon and Murphy Roads Wednesday afternoon.
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Kevin Paugh figures that the fire line he cut Wednesday afternoon at his stepfather’s property might have saved his house.

In the shower of his home near Purdon and Murphy roads around 11:50 a.m., Paugh said he heard his brother yell “Fire.” He jumped from the shower and moments later was outside.

Then he saw the flames.

“Down by my pump house, I just saw five-foot flames,” Paugh said. “It was starting to move pretty quickly.”

The blaze, which grew to three acres before contained, destroyed two outbuildings and two trailers, Cal Fire said in a release. Paugh said it destroyed four vehicles.

No one was injured in the fire, Cal Fire said.

Paugh said he called 911 to report the blaze and then grabbed a McLeod fire tool. He began to cut a fire line in the ground between the blaze and his home.

“I’m sure it saved us about 20 minutes,” Paugh said. “It was probably 30 feet from the back of the house.”

Cal Fire said the blaze was 100 percent contained about two hours later.

Authorities responding to the fire include departments and districts with North San Juan, Nevada County Consolidated, Pike, Ophir Hill, Grass Valley, Tahoe National Forest and Nevada City.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to a Cal Fire press release.

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

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